FAMILY & PARENTING

With Door Between Them, Nurse Finds A Way To Stay Connected To Her Heartbroken Son

by Amy Paige
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Kelsey Allspaugh is an RN at the Transplant Center for OU Medicine in Oklahoma. Like so many medical professionals around the world, feelings of isolation are sinking in.

Kelsey has a 6-year-old son, Jace, and social-distancing herself from him has been heart-wrenching.

Since Jace is asthmatic, he’s at particular risk of contracting the virus. He’s currently staying with his grandparents. At first, he and Kelsey struggled to find ways to connect with one another.

One day during the quarantine, Kelsey drove to her parents’ home to drop off some groceries after a work shift. Jace came bolting toward the door. He put his hands up to the window, longing for his mom’s embrace.

Kelsey broke down crying. “It’s hard … you want to hug.”

Ever since that day, the mother and son have begun a tradition of “through-the-door” chats — the only way they can be close together during such a difficult time.

Meet Kelsey and Jace in the emotional video below.

Footage provided by KFOR Oklahoma City

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