Though it seems unlikely, a Nebraska woman was grateful to get COVID-19. As it turns out, her nurse would turn out to be someone far more important.
"I was pretty sick gal and I almost experienced death," Doris Crippen explained.
Crippen spent 30 days at Methodist Hospital and returned home a COVID-19 survivor. But as she returned home, still weak from the coronavirus, she fell and broke her arm.
"When I fell, the phone was up here and I'm back here on the floor, so I couldn't call nobody for help. I laid there overnight and half a day," Crippen said.
Not many people would say this, but Doris called that break a blessing.
"I thank God every five minutes because it's God's blessing this gal is alive to talk to you," Crippen said.
She was sent to Fremont Methodist Health's Dunklau Gardens for rehab, where Bev Boro has worked as a medication aide for 22 years.
"I seen her name on the board here and I couldn't believe it. 'Oh my God, I think it's my sister,'" Boro recalled.
She'd been looking for her sister for years, but only had her name to go on.
Boro knew the resident with a familiar name was deaf, so she took the chance it might be her sister and wrote their father's name on a white board for her to read.
"She goes, 'That's my daddy.' And I pointed at myself, knowing she's hard of hearing and going, 'That's mine too.' And she looked at me like, 'What?' and she sees because of the eyes, I have our dad's eyes," Boro said.
The sisters said their father left six children at home alone, and the state of Nebraska separated the siblings.
That was in 1967.
Now, Boro is 53 years old and Crippen is 73.
"She said, 'I am your sister, Bev.' And I about fell out of my chair and I just burst into tears. It was just a happy feeling to find my sister," Crippen explained. "It's been 53 years since she was a baby."
The sisters said this isn't a random reunion. They believe this is meant to be.
In a truly unexpected way, COVID-19 gave them hope and reconnected their family.
"It's wonderful. We don't have to search anymore. The journey's over," Crippen said.