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The 15-year-old high school student who was in Italy for two months is reunited with her mother

A mother and her teenage daughter separated over the Atlantic Ocean during the global coronavirus pandemic are finally reunited after a two-month tormenting ordeal.

Chloe Woody, 15, traveled with her uncle to Italy at the end of February on what was meant to be a fun sight-seeing trip between Venice and Milan, visiting family and learning the Italian language.

But the high school student’s plans went off the rails shortly after her arrival when the COVID-19 outbreak began to devastate the country – prompting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to declare a state of national emergency and close the country borders in early March.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Chloe WYFF from her journey, “and then it’s suddenly in the news, almost 2,000 people had died, and they said,” We can’t get out of the house, we have to stay inside. “

Marie Painter (right) and her teenage daughter Chloe Woody (left) are finally reunited after a painful two-month ordeal

Marie Painter (right) and her teenage daughter Chloe Woody (left) are finally reunited after a painful two-month ordeal

Chloe Woody, 15, traveled to Italy with her uncle in late February on what was meant to be a fun trip of sightseeing, visiting family and learning the Italian language

Chloe Woody, 15, traveled to Italy with her uncle in late February on what was meant to be a fun trip of sightseeing, visiting family and learning the Italian language

Chloe Woody, 15, traveled to Italy with her uncle in late February on what was meant to be a fun trip of sightseeing, visiting family and learning the Italian language

But the high school student's plans were derailed shortly after her arrival when the COVID-19 outbreak began to devastate the country (Chloe pictured with family above)

But the high school student's plans were derailed shortly after her arrival when the COVID-19 outbreak began to devastate the country (Chloe pictured with family above)

But the high school student’s plans were derailed shortly after her arrival when the COVID-19 outbreak began to devastate the country (Chloe pictured with family above)

Shortly thereafter, Chloë said panic began to widen as she wondered how she was returning to her mother, Marie Painter, who was anxiously waiting for her at home in Greenville, South Carolina.

Marie exhausted every avenue to try to get Chloe on a flight back to the U.S. immediately, but she was constantly short as flights booked were canceled at the last minute.

To make matters worse, President Trump issued a European travel ban on March 13, meaning flights were less and further in between than ever before.

The mother and daughter kept in touch through daily video calls, but the distance took an emotional toll on Marie.

“I just want to be with her and hug her,” she told WYFF in March, holding back tears. “The hardest part is knowing she wants to be home, and there’s nothing I can do to help her – I’m powerless.”

Finally, after eight brutal eight weeks, Marie’s efforts were finally rewarded when she managed to book her daughter on a flight back to the US, which landed at New York JFK airport last week.

The relieved mother drove 12 hours from South Carolina to greet her daughter at the gate.

The mother and daughter kept in touch through daily video calls, but the distance took an emotional toll on Marie.

The mother and daughter kept in touch through daily video calls, but the distance took an emotional toll on Marie.

Marie introduced herself to crying

Marie introduced herself to crying

The mother and daughter kept in touch through daily video calls, but the distance took an emotional toll on Marie.

Finally, after eight brutal eight weeks, Marie's efforts were finally rewarded when she managed to book her daughter on a flight back to the US, which landed at New York JFK airport earlier this week

Ultimately, after eight brutal eight weeks, Marie's efforts were finally rewarded when she managed to book her daughter on a flight back to the US, which landed at New York JFK airport earlier this week

Finally, after eight brutal eight weeks, Marie’s efforts were finally rewarded when she managed to book her daughter on a flight back to the US, which landed at New York JFK airport earlier this week

Chloe in the picture at the airport

Chloe in the picture at the airport

The relieved mother drove 12 hours from South Carolina to greet her daughter at the gate

The relieved mother drove 12 hours from South Carolina to greet her daughter at the gate

Chloe did not recognize her mother (left) at first, as she was dressed in a hazmat suit with a mask and shield over her face. The pair laughed, then fell into a long-awaited hug

The pair experienced a tearful reunion in the arrivals hall, but not before they laughed at Marie’s expense.

Chloe remembered trying to spot her mother when she walked through the doors into the arrivals hall, but did not realize that Marie had come to the airport, wearing a hazmat suit, with a full face mask and face shield on.

As Marie cried at the sight of her daughter, Chloe burst out laughing when she finally realized it was her mother under the suit.

However, the laughter quickly subsided as the pair stuck to an emotional – and long-awaited – hug.

“I cried immediately, I took her photo and cried,” Marie recalled. “And when she saw me and realized it was me, she started laughing because she was looking for me, but didn’t know I was in a suit.

I just can’t even express the gratitude I feel for everyone who helped us [bring Chloe home]. ‘

Now safely back in South Carolina, Chloe will now be quarantined for the next 14 days.

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