When actor Chris Salvatore met his 89-year-old neighbor Norma Cook years ago, he had no idea how both of their lives were going to change. The 31-year-old star learned that the sweet elderly lady, who has leukemia, was becoming seriously ill near the end of 2016.
Cook was in the hospital for two months fighting both pneumonia and breathing problems. And doctors were convinced she would not make it through the holidays.
But not if Salvatore had anything to say about it.
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After Cook's hospital visit, medical professionals told her she could not return to her home unless she had 24-hour care, which was not covered by her insurance. So Salvatore immediately set up a GoFundMe page to find a caretaker. But savings dwindled as they tested those caretakers out.
So Salvatore asked Cook to move in with him instead.
"The only other option was for her to go into a facility," Salvatore said. "I just couldn't do that to someone who is like my own grandmother."
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Now, Salvatore takes care of her day-to-day needs. He cooks for her and even serves her champagne--her favorite drink.
"The nurses and doctors told her that it would be a miracle if she lived past the holidays, so the fact that she's still thriving is just a really great thing," Salvatore said. "She's doing great. If you could see her right now, she looks so cute on the couch with her feet propped up. She just hangs out on my couch and watches TV."
Sweet as can be!
The 75-year-old cooking queen wowed all her fans in 2014 on her way to The Today Show with not a lick of makeup. Looks like she didn't need it, either!