After two months of being separated, a family from South Carolina is back together.
Chloe Woody, 15, went to Italy with her uncle in late February to brush up on her Italian. They didn’t expect the coronavirus to become a global emergency. In response, Italy quickly closed its borders.
“It was really fun, then all of a sudden, it’s on the news, almost 2,000 people had died,” Woody said. “And they are like, ‘We can’t leave the house anymore, we need to stay in.'”
Chloe’s mother, Marie Painter, tried every avenue to get her daughter on a plane home. But nothing worked. After many attempts, she was finally able to book her daughter a flight — almost home.
Chloe landed in New York at JFK Airport, and Painter drove 12 hours from South Carolina to pick her up.
“I just can’t even express the gratitude that I feel for everyone that has helped us,” Painter said.
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