Evelyn Shaw was seeing her granddaughter, Ateret, after a whole year and couldn't contain her emotions.
Evelyn Shaw hadn't seen her family in more than a year because of the Coronavirus pandemic when she stared into a prescription note written by a doctor. She couldn't believe her eyes. A sweet doctor's note said she now had permission to hug her granddaughter Ateret Frank. It had been almost a year since she last hugged Ateret. Shaw and Ateret had their vaccine shots and the doctor said it was ok for the pair to share an embrace. "We were standing in my apartment, just hugging and hugging and crying and crying for the first time in a year, which was an out-of-body experience," said Evelyn, reported CNN. "It was blissful, it was wonderful and it was something I am going to remember for the rest of my life."
My mom’s doctor wrote her a prescription to hug her granddaughter (1/2) pic.twitter.com/bNtCtlcS0s— Jessica Shaw (@JessicaShaw) March 9, 2021
Shaw had been wary when her daughter, Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, had shown up at her door along with Ateret. Her daughter said they had a little gift for her. After a year of taking precautions, Shaw was apprehensive about letting them in. "My granddaughter had completed her Coronavirus protocol but I was not going to let her in... even though I had completed my vaccines," said Evelyn. "I was stuck in COVID land." The doctor's note was wrapped up in a present which Shaw gingerly opened. She was overcome with emotion after reading the note. "Something happened to me," said Shaw. "Having this prescription from my doctor gave me the courage to let her in," she explained to the outlet. As Ateret entered, the pair shared a long emotional hug that was caught on camera and posted on Evelyn's daughter, Jessica Shaw's Twitter. "First hug she's had in a year. Thank you to all the scientists and doctors who made this happen!" wrote Jessica, according to People.
First hug she’s had in a year. Thank you to all the scientists and doctors who made this happen! pic.twitter.com/puvJlJpDoy— Jessica Shaw (@JessicaShaw) March 9, 2021
Despite getting her vaccine shots, Ateret was just as nervous as her grandmother. "Even though I have my shots, it's still, as my grandmother said, it feels weird," said Ateret. "Having that prescription in my hand, it felt like a permission slip to be able to hug my grandmother and once I did it, it felt natural. It felt like a relief and I immediately started crying." Shaw was thankful for the note because it had eased her fears and hopes it eventually leads to a "better place of hope and possibilities and more hugs and kisses." The emotions were too much for the family to handle as they watched the pair share an emotional embrace. Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, Ateret's mom was all praise for the doctor and medical staff that made the moment possible. "THIS is holistic medical care," wrote Laura in a tweet. "Our mom's doctor (also mine and my daughter's doctor) knows that our mom is very nervous to return to the world even after vax x2 + 2 weeks. She figured out how to ease her path. Medical care from the heart."
I got to hug my mom for the first time in 51 weeks! She went to every house to hug her (local) kids, grands, and great-grands. Here she is hugging her 6yo great-grandson (my grand) - not sure which of them was more excited. Or cried harder. pic.twitter.com/4oojDygXSL— Socio-gen (@JennieKinPA) March 10, 2021
Shaw is urging everyone to follow the protocols so everyone can make it out of this situation and spend time with their loved ones without fear. "It's been a very dark year, listening to the news, reading the paper," said Shaw. "Wear your mask, get your vaccines, wash your hands, stay socially distanced because at the end of all of this is the reward." Shaw looks at each individual's actions, one that leads to a better world. "It's that hug that you saw... not only for one child but for your whole family and for your friends and for our community and our state," she continued. "And as far as I'm concerned, for the world."
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