Married 72 years, Norma, 90, and Gordon Yeager, 94, died in the hospital holding hands last week, one hour apart.

The couple was hospitalized after a car accident just outside of Marshalltown, Iowa. They were given a shared room in the ICU where they held hands in adjacent beds.

At 3:38 pm, Gordon’s breathing stopped. Though he was no longer alive, his heart monitor continued to register a beat.

The nurse told their son Dennis that the monitor was beeping “because they’re holding hands, and Norma’s heart beat is going through them,”

Norma died at 4:38 pm, exactly one hour later.

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