An American woman was reunited with her family at Missouri’s Springfield-Branson National Airport on November 22 after being stuck abroad for more than two years due to restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic.
Susana Foreman moved to Melbourne, Australia, in late 2019, just months before the pandemic shut down international travel.
“Everyone had plans to visit her,” Wyatt Sloan, the partner of Susana’s younger sister Patricia, told Storyful. “Then the pandemic struck six months later. All plans for family visits were put on hold. At first for a summer. Then a year. Then another year.”
Melbourne was locked down six times between March 30, 2020, and October 26, 2021, with its sixth lasting 82 days, Australia’s national broadcaster reported citing government data.
Sloan said the family did not expect Susana would make it home for Thanksgiving this year but she was unexpectedly granted permission to travel and had planned on surprising her relatives.
“She only told one sister,” Sloan said. “But, little did she know, that one sister organized her own surprise! She had no idea!”
Sloan captured the emotional reunion in this video. Credit: Wyatt Sloan via Storyful