Ung fyr tilbyder sin 89-årige nabo at flytte ind – årsagen får tårerne til at løbe

Hvor godt kender du dine naboer? Kender du dem tilstrækkeligt godt til at invitere dem over i dit hjem? Eller til at tilbyde dem at flytte ind hos dig?

I 2013 flyttede Chris Salvatore ind overfor 85-årige Norma Cook og hendes kat Hermes. De to hilste høfligt på hinanden, og efter at Chris præsenterede sig selv, blev de hurtigt venner.

Faktisk blev de så nære venner, at da Norma nærmede sig livets slutning og konstant havde brug for hjælp i hverdagen, så tilbød 31-årige Chris hende, at hun kunne flytte ind hos ham.

Da Norma fyldte 89 år, begyndte hendes helbred hurtigt at blive værre. Efter en indlæggelse på sygehuset, fik naboen Chris at vide, at hun ikke kunne få lov til at flytte hjem, hvis hun ikke havde konstant hjælp. Uden at have sine børn eller familie i nærheden, så det mørkt ud for Norma.

Chris gjorde brug af internettet og startede en indsamlingsside. Da de to bedste venner testede forskellige plejere, indså den 31-årige fyr, at han var nødt til at gøre noget mere.

“Det eneste alternativ for hende var at flytte ind på et hjem”, sagde Chris til TODAY. “Jeg kunne bare ikke gøre det mod nogen, som er som min egen mormor”.

Så istedet tilbød han Norma, at hun kunne flytte ind i hans lejlighed.

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I hope this little update will bring some sunshine to your rainy day here in La. We are reaching the 2 month mark since my neighbor Norma has come home from the hospital and I am so happy to share that she is continuing to prove the doctors and nurses wrong by continuing to THRIVE! To prolong the remaining funds to prevent her from having to be moved into a county facility, Norma and I have decided to move her into my apartment across the hall where she now has her own beautiful room and bathroom! She loves it! I do most of my work at home so I am here most of the time to care for her so it only made sense to the both of us. She is my adopted grandmother and I am her grandson she never had. 🙂 We will still have caregivers coming in to care for her as well as her weekly hospice visits from the nurses and doctors. I just wanted to let you all know Norma loves reading your comments and I seriously think all the support and love is keeping her healthy. Now who wants to come to dinner? 😊#myneighbornorma… I mean #myroomatenorma 😜

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“Jeg er så glad for at kunne give hende den her gave at leve sine sidste dage hjemme”, sagde Salvatore til GoFundMe. “Jeg kan ikke forestille mig at gå mod enden af livet på et sygehus uden dine venner eller husdyr”.

De to viste sig at være gode til at dele et hjem.

“Vi kigger altid på nyheder”, sagde Norma til TODAY. “Vi taler mest og drikker champagne og spiser jordnødder”.

Den 15. februar 2017 gik Norma desværre bort. Chris delte de hjerteskærende nyheder på Instagram, hvor han ofte delte flere af parrets eventyr.

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It's with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman. Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people. Perhaps Norma's lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love. Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved. This year Norma has reminded us what Valentine's Day is all about. To love another is not about living struggle free or never experiencing hurt or loss, but to fully and deeply open our hearts to one another without fear. Each of us is lovable even with all of our differences. Love has no boundaries. May you rest in peace my sweet sweet lady, Norma. ❤️

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“Hun kaldte mig barnebarnet, som hun aldrig fik”, siger Chris om Norma.

Chris behøvede ikke hjælpe Norma på nogen måde, men han kunne ikke lide tanken om, at hun skulle bruge sine sidste dage på et sygehus uden nogen som elskede hende. 

Del den her artikel, hvis du synes, at vi alle bør være lidt mere som Chris.