A New Jersey man used a sign to express his gratitude to the healthcare workers who saved his wife’s life.
The unidentified man held up the sign to the back window of the emergency room at Morristown Medical Center.
“Thank you all in emergency for saving my wife’s life,” the man wrote. “I love you all.”
In the photo, the man can be seen with his right hand over his heart.
Allison Swendsen, a nurse at the medical center, shared the photo to her social media account and it quickly went viral.
“I don’t know him, I don’t know his wife, but throughout the last 13 years as a nurse I realized this is why we do it," Swendsen wrote. "Times are tough but we make a difference. I love my team."
After snapping the photo, Swendsen noted that she asked the man how his wife was doing and he replied, “Great. She is going home today. You are all amazing.”
Fellow nurse Paige Vander Vlie also shared the image and revealed how overcome with emotion the staff became over the man’s gesture.
"This picture brought us all to tears. It's amazing to see not only the ER staff but all the floors coming together during this challenging time. We couldn't do this without nurses, techs, residents, doctors, secretaries, registrars [and] housekeeping," she wrote, according to “Good Morning America.”
Amid shortages of respirator masks and other protective gear, hospital workers have been on the frontlines treating the surge in COVID-19 patients.
Companies like Crocs and Airbnb have recently stepped up by offering free shoes and lodging to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, the United States surpassed China and Italy to become the country with the highest number of known cases of coronavirus in the world.
There are currently 81,836 confirmed positive cases in the US, with at least 1186 deaths, reported CNN.