It’s been a lonely year for Evelyn Shaw, who hasn’t been able to hug — or even see — her family members because of the pandemic. The grandmother from Bronx, New York, has finally been vaccinated but was still wary about seeing her grandkids.


“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.”

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.

The doctor actually wrote that prescription, knowing a hug was the medicine Evelyn needed. It says, “You are allowed to hug your granddaughter.”

“You are allowed to hug your granddaughter. What a statement. What a statement,” Evelyn said about the prescription. INSIDE EDITION

“We were all just bawling,” Frank told The Associated Press. “She hadn’t been touched in a year. It was such a moving moment.”

Frank said coming together as a family during religious holidays is the next challenge. After that, the family dreams of Broadway — but only if her mother will be safe.

“We feel very comfortable, given the guidance that we’ve gotten, that we can have our Seder together in a week and a half, but I do really understand my mom…I really do get it.

She’s at much higher risk than we are, and it takes a while,” Frank said. “It takes a while to sort of let go of that fear and return to some sense of normalcy.”

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