N.S. intervenes so ailing veteran, 92, and wife, 90, can stay together
Published Friday, March 11, 2016 7:22PM EST
A Second World War veteran and his wife of 70 years will be allowed to live out their final years together after all.
Nova Scotia Minister of Health Leo Glavine has intervened in the case of Harold Cameron, 92, and his wife Virginia, 90, vowing to the couple’s family that the pair will be admitted to a care facility where they can be together.
“Our commitment is to have them in the same nursing home,” said Glavine.
Harold had been accepted to Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital in Halifax to be treated for Alzheimer’s disease, but his ailing wife, who needs round-the-clock care, was told she couldn’t join him because the hospital admits only veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War.
The couple’s family feared separating them would be traumatic for both. They have never spent a night apart.
"It would kill them to be separated," the couple's daughter, Pamela Campbell, said last month. Her parents met in England while Harold served in the Second World War. Virginia came to Canada as a war bride.
The Camerons’ family petitioned to get the hospital’s rules changed so the couple could remain together. The campaign garnered more than 30,000 signatures and letters.
Camp Hill is the place the family feels Harold deserves to be but they are pleased the health minister has stepped in.
“Honourable Glavine is standing by this with me now and it makes me feel really good. Then when the time comes there will be a place for them together near their family,” said Campbell.
“I have people coming up and crying on my shoulder and thanking me because their parents are in the same situation.”
She vows to keep fighting to help other ailing couples stay together.
With a report from CTV Atlantic