Rene Johnson’s family kept vigil outside his hospital as he battled coronavirus, with nurses erecting kindly signs to let them know he’d died of the disease (Pictures: WMUR)

Kind-hearted nurses stuck moving signs to the window of a hospital to let a stricken family know that their father had died of coronavirus. Staff at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, erected notes saying ‘He is at peace’ and ‘We are so sorry’ after dad of five Rene Johnson succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday.

One of the two nurses made a heart-shape with her gloved hands, while the other pressed their hand against the windowpane in a touching expression of empathy with Johnson’s family, who say they appreciated the updates and care shown by their late dad’s medics.

His daughter Angela Daneault and her siblings kept a vigil outside the hospital, with Covid-19 quarantine rules preventing them from seeing their father. Daneault and her siblings erected their own signs, which gave doctors and nurses a motivational boost and was later returned in kind.

Nurse Kaitlyn Kerrigan said: ‘We told (Johnson), as we tell all our patients, how much they’re loved, that we’re here for them. We hold their hands and tell them — everything they tell us to tell them, we tell our patients.’

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Kerrigan’s colleague Lynn Harkins added: ‘(Johnson’s family) were kind of famous with our staff. Everyone would come in for their shift and say, “Oh is the family out there?” And everyone would go to the window and wave.’

Explaining the reasoning behind the vigil, Daneault told WMUR: ‘Every day we would just try to do a little something different.

‘Yesterday morning, me and my brother went and had breakfast in the park to try to feel close to our dad.’

Daneault and her brother Kevin Johnson say they now plan to continue standing outside the hospital with balloons and uplifting signs to try and give other families whose loved ones are battling coronavirus some hope.

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Source: Metro