Hakamat and Adnan Masri - an elderly Israeli couple who had been married for 64 years - died this week in the span of only two days after contracting coronavirus.
Hakamat, 83, and Adnan, 84, from the Arab town of Makr in the Galilee in northern Israel, are survived by 6 children, 28 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.
"Earlier this month, my mom [Hakamat] did not feel well. We took her to see a doctor here in town, and from there she was transferred to Carmel Hospital in Haifa," their son, Ghassan, told Ynet.
"It turned out she had contracted coronavirus, and her condition worsened. The next day, my dad [Adnan] also felt ill and we took him to the hospital where he also had tested positive. They were treated in the same room and were next to each other.
"Mom took care of dad and supported him. As her condition worsened in the last few days, he waited for her to wake up. He kept telling us that, 'everything will be fine, do not worry. Sing songs and smile. Mom will recover soon'."
Hakamat passed away on Sunday at the age of 83. After her death, Adnan's condition also deteriorated on Monday and he passed away at the age of 84.
"We received a phone call from the hospital that his condition had worsened. He had respiratory inflammation and difficulty breathing. Ultimately, the medical staff had to announce his death. We expected him to be released and return to the family, but he collapsed within hours" said the son.
"We had great parents. We saw them and talked to them about interesting and happy things every day. It hurts us to only have a small funeral for them, and the condolences are only through the phone, but that is the situation and we must accept it."