It’s been 70 days since 93-year-old Dirce has seen her daughter -- now in a nursing home in Sao Paulo, the pair reunite and are even able to embrace each other -- thanks to this "hugging curtain."
The translucent plastic curtain divides the room -- with one family member on either side. It is fitted with holes carved into plastic sleeves where users can insert their arms -- and finally hug.
The invention was fronted by local businessman Bruno Zani. Ordinarily a party decorator, Zani said he was moved by the hardships of the elderly confined to their nursing homes -- and he wanted to help.
Only one nursing home in Sao Paulo has been fitted with a curtain so far -- but he hopes to introduce the idea across the city.
Variations of the plastic curtain have been seen in nursing homes around the world, from France to Argentina.