Heartbreaking photos capture the moment 98-year-old woman reunites with her son for the first time in a YEAR after he was fully vaccinated and surprised her at her residential care center
- Mark Uomoto, 68, and his cousin Gail Yamada surprised his mother Yoshia on Tuesday at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living in Seattle, Washington.
- The facility, which primarily serves Japanese-American seniors, now allows visitors who have been fully vaccinated
- Mark and Gail had previously visited his mother through the lobby window, which was difficult as Yoshia is hard of hearing
- Photos of the heartwarming moment captured the look of joy on Yoshia’s face when she first saw her son and niece
Moving photos have captured the moment when a man was reunited with his 98-year-old mother for the first time in a year after he was fully vaccinated.
Mark Uomoto, 68, and his cousin Gail Yamada on Tuesday surprised his mother Yoshia at Nikkei Manor, an assisted residential home in Seattle, Washington that serves mostly Japanese-American seniors. The joy on her face was unmistakable as her son and niece entered the room.
“It was so great to hear her expression of excitement that she had because we haven’t seen Mommy, my cousin and I in over a year,” he said. Today, adding: ‘So it was great to see her and it was more heartening for me to see her reaction and so happy to see us.’
Pure joy: Mark Uomoto, 68, and his cousin Gail Yamada surprised mom Yoshia Tuesday at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living in Seattle, Washington
Amazing: Mark, who hadn’t seen his 98-year-old mother in person for over a year, decided to surprise her after being fully vaccinated
Look of Love: Mark lovingly stroked his mother’s head as she caught, talking about everything from the changes in their church to his recent retirement
Like other families across the country, Mark and Gail had previously visited Yoshia through the facility’s lobby window due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Mark noted that it was particularly difficult for them because his mother is ‘quite hard of hearing’. He had to be one tablet to ask her questions.
When they heard that Nikkei Manor was allowing visitors who were fully vaccinated, he decided he wanted to surprise his mother for their first in-person reunion.
“We wanted to orchestrate it carefully,” he explained.
Preparation: Laura Iijima-Schergen led Yoshia back to her room for the surprise
Big surprise: Laura told Yoshia to close her eyes just before Mark and Gail walked into the room
Heartwarming: Mark and Gail came in with a balloon and other treats for his mother
Gail, whose mother also lived at Nikkei Manor before her death, was happy to visit her aunt.
Mark had plenty to talk to his mother about, ranging from the changes in their church to his recent retirement.
“She became so happy that I was retired,” he told Today.
Photos from the reunion show Yoshia covering her eyes with her hands and then her mouth opens in amazement when she sees her son for the first time.
Another snapshot shows Mark lovingly stroking his mother’s head while she looks up at him.
So sweet: Mark was able to hug his mom for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit
Going Viral: Reuters shared the sweet images on Instagram, where they received nearly 30,000 likes and a lot of love from commenter
Happy: The happy look on Yoshia’s face when she saw her son was unmistakable
Reuters shared the sweet images Instagram, where they have received nearly 30,000 likes and a lot of love from commenters.
“The joy on her face,” one wrote, while another added, “So moving.”
Aww this is so cute! She is so happy !!! ‘someone else has shared.
“This warms my heart,” agreed one Instagram user.