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Photos Capture Tender Moment When Man Surprises His Wife In Hospital On Their 57th Anniversary

05/22/2015 06:58 am ET | Updated May 22, 2015

The sweet story of an elderly man’s tuxedoed surprise for his wife on their 57th anniversary has spread like wildfire on the Interwebs this week as netizens everywhere celebrated the Georgia couple’s enduring love.

James “Jim” Russell told ABC News that he and his wife Elinor don’t typically celebrate their wedding anniversaries in a big way, but this year, his family encouraged him to do something extra special.

So on May 20, Russell -- who says he’s known Elinor “since she was in pigtails” -- donned a tuxedo and, bearing an armful of flowers and chocolates, surprised his beloved in her hospital room. Elinor has reportedly been hospitalized for the past month.

The couple shared a meal in her room, then watched her favorite TV shows. Elinor told ABC News that the duo “had a wonderful time.”

“Being in a hospital bed, you get bored so when they came in, it made me smile like the younger days when we were dancing,” she said.

The couple’s granddaughter, Reid Russell, shared photographs of the special occasion on Twitter this week. Her tweet promptly went viral, racking up more than 25,000 retweets.

On Thursday, Russell wrote that she was “blessed” to have her grandparents in her life.

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  • "Brittany and Parker got married next to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina. Great rocking chair view!" - Joshua Grasso
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    "A wedding at High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina on Saturday." - Tonya Price
  • "Trisha and Sam share a love of the outdoors, as you can see! This is from their elopement at the Lake Placid Lodge." - Tracey Buyce
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    "Dance like nobody is watching! @pretty_akarate lit up the floor on Friday 😎" - @neriphoto
  • "Their first kiss was just as amazing as this photo, because it was not only their first kiss as a married couple, it was their first kiss EVER!" - Ed Runyon
  • "Emily and Tim were married outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!" - Kristen Wynn
  • "Nicole and Dustin take a stroll through the vineyard following their wedding at Rosemont Winery in LaCrosse, Virginia." - Les Atkins
  • "Katie and Cameron had a beautiful wedding this weekend with the ceremony at the Chapel of the Cross and reception at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina." - Robin Lin
  • "Kendal and Alex married along the magic of oceanside waves at The Celebration Cottage in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina." - Allie Miller
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    "An amazing wedding this weekend at The Blount Mansion in Knoxville, Tennesee." - Jayson Mullen
  • "Amazing wedding of Gina & Charles this weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina at the Wilmington Convention Center." - Allie Miller
  • "Congrats to Craig and Tara who had their wedding ceremony at Greenville Common and reception at The Martinsborough, both in Greenville, North Carolina." - Bob Mackowski
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    "@jfaucette marrying @RodTheRelator on 5/16." - Jaxx
  • "Ashley and Sergio in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania." - Karlo
  • "Kristy and Clint take a moment by the lake in Smithfield, North Carolina to celebrate their love and marriage together." - Jeff Scott
  • "Melissa and Andrew's downtown Louisville wedding." - Travis Salisbury
  • "Lindsay and Clinton's gorgeous Kentucky wedding at Long Ridge Farm." - Travis Salisbury
  • River Karmen
    "Elizabeth DaSilva and Hernan Montilla were married amongst the wild horses of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico on Friday." – Sandy Malone, Weddings in Vieques
  • SoCalBeachWeddings.com
    "The Fly Boy, the Russian bride and the barefoot officiant on the beach in Malibu." - Alan Katz
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    "They say a pic is worth 1,000 words, this one is worth 25 years #bigsister #babybro #weddingweekend." - Claire Gallo
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    "The best man and the best baby." - Stella Sutcliffe
  • ‏@JennJEvents/Twitter
    "The new Mrs. Marquez from a wedding this weekend at Mission Inn in Riverside, California." - Jennifer J Events
  • "Kaitlin and Josh tied the knot sound-side of the Neuse River in North Carolina at the magnificent Neuse Breeze Venue in Havelock, North Carolina." - Allie Miller
  • "Beautiful bride Emily!" - Kristen Wynn
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