0432 GMT January 25, 2022
"We were together all the time," her daughter, Laura Shaw Frank, told Inside Edition. "She would come for dinner. She would sit on the couch with one grandchild on each side and the other two hovering over her and loving her and just spending so much time with her," cbsnews.com reported.
That all ended when social distancing measures were put in place. Seniors like Evelyn Shaw were advised to be especially careful since they are at higher risk of serious infection from coronavirus.
Her oldest grandchild, Ataret Shaw, worried about her. "It was very hard knowing that she was all alone in her apartment, day in and day out, never seeing anyone, never hugging anyone, never touching anyone," Ataret said.
Ataret has now been fully vaccinated, and so has her grandmother, meaning they should be able to see each other. But Evelyn was still wary about the virus.
So, Ataret went to her doctor. "I said, 'She's never going to hug me. She's too nervous. She's never going to hug me.' And she said, 'Well, I am going to write her a prescription that says that she can hug you.' And I said, 'Literally, that might be the only thing that makes her do it,'" Ataret said.
"You are allowed to hug your granddaughter. What a statement. What a statement," Evelyn said about the prescription.
The doctor actually wrote that prescription, knowing a hug was the medicine Evelyn needed. It says, "You are allowed to hug your granddaughter."
With prescription in hand, Laura and Ataret headed to grandma's house in the Bronx. Laura has only received one dose of her vaccine, but with Ataret and Evelyn fully vaccinated — plus the bonus prescription — they knew they were safe to hug. As they embraced, Evelyn was in tears.
"It was, as Ataret said, a permission slip, yes, that I can finally, finally do this without fear," Evelyn said after hugging her granddaughter for the first time in about a year.