Daniel Gormley was a healthy 67-year-old man when he started to feel ill one spring day in 2020. He had a fever at first, but no other symptoms.
He took a COVID-19 test, not expecting it to come back positive. After all, Dan and his wife, Teresa, were taking precautions to protect themselves from the virus: they sanitized doorknobs around their home daily, wiped down packages, and limited their interaction with others.
Gormley’s symptoms became progressively worse over the course of the next few days. When he became noticeably weak, Teresa knew it was time to take him to the hospital. She dropped him off at the emergency room door and went to park the car.
It would be the last time they would see each other for 49 days.
Asking for prayers
Dan was admitted on May 28, 2020. Two of their daughters, Kelci, 23, and Karmyn, 44, wanted to share his situation with friends and family on Facebook. Teresa was reluctant at first, knowing Dan was not a fan of social media.
“But then they said to me, ‘Mom, we have to put it out there because Dad needs people praying for him,’” Teresa told Detroit Catholic.
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