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April 8, 2020 -- One man in Texas went above and beyond to support his wife during her chemotherapy appointment after her hospital restricted visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Albert Conner surprised his wife, Kelly, with a sign reading, “I can’t be with you but I’m here” outside MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Kelly told ABC News she was shocked to see him in the parking lot, since she had driven herself to her appointment that day.

"As soon as he texted me, I just kind of lifted up in my chair a little bit to peer out the window, and he was just right there," she recalled. "I think I kind of gasped and the nurse turned around and said, 'What’s wrong?' And then she saw I was looking out the window, and she looked out and started to tear up too.”

Albert told Good Morning America that he was simply keeping his promise to be there for his wife every step of the way since her breast cancer diagnosis in January.

Many hospitals have changed their visitor policies to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The CDC has urged hospitals to communicate any policy changes clearly and to screen patients and potential visitors for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

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Facebook: Kelly Harrell Conner, March 30, 2020.

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