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Military veteran reunites with nurse who cared for him through COVID-19

At 80 years old John Farrell says he now knows true fear
Posted at 2:39 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 17:39:34-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- 61 years ago San Diegan John Farrell began serving his country in the U.S Army.

Sgt. Farrell was stationed in Germany and tasked with photographing checkpoints along the border, as tensions grew after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

But last month he realized true fear. COVID-19 put him in the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center unable to even take care of his basic daily needs.

And while John describes it as "not a fun experience to go through," he says it was made bearable by the attentive and watchful nurses who got him through.

There is one nurse he remembers by name, Alex Weatherbie who he says brightened every day as she came "sweeping in with joy and a lovely smile."

ABC 10News connected Farrell and Weatherbie, via zoom after the veteran was released from the hospital.

The exchanges of concern, gratitude, and true caring between the two is a beautiful story in a pandemic filled with so much heartache.