After more than five decades of marriage John and Mary
had seen their mental capabilities diminish with their age.
However their love for each other remained strong - even in
the confines of the psychiatric unit.
One day they were walking outside near the therapy pool
when Mary slipped into the deep end and quickly sank to the
bottom. John’s love for Mary triggered a response that put
his own safety at risk. He jumped into the pool and pulled
Mary out to safety.
The next morning John was awakened from bed and taken
immediately to the administrator’s office. The urgency was
due to an unfortunate situation that had occurred the night
before. It seems Mary’s fall in the pool may have been an
attempted suicide because she had been found by nurses
overnight in the bathtub where she had hung herself on the
Knowing the deep love the couple had for each other the
administrator struggled with the words to use.
“John, your heroic efforts to save your wife’s life yesterday
has caused a review board to determine that you are now
well enough to be released,” the administrator said.
“That’s great,” said John. “I must get back to our room and
This is not the end of the story because John had one other
thing to say that caused the administrator to cancel all
To find out what he said, click here.
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