Wednesday 28 September 2016

Photo of crying elderly couple separated into two different care homes grabs international attention

Published 27/08/2016 | 15:56

Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other in Mr Gottschalk's elderly care home in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (Ashley Bartyik via AP)
Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other in Mr Gottschalk's elderly care home in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (Ashley Bartyik via AP)
Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other in Wolfram's elderly care home in Surrey. (Ashley Bartyik via AP)

A photograph of a wheelchair-bound, crying elderly Canadian couple separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage has drawn international attention.

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Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, of Surrey, British Columbia, was put in an assisted home in January after he suffered dementia health complications, making it impossible for his wife Anita, 81, to care for him at home.

Four months later, Anita entered a different home despite family efforts to keep them together.

The homes are half an hour apart, with family driving Anita to see Wolfram several times a week.

Granddaughter Ashley Bartyik took "the saddest photo I have ever taken" when her grandparents were brought together recently.

She said he reaches out and cries for her.

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