Watch the moment an NHS worker is reunited with her daughters after nine weeks.
Suzie Vaughan says she had to keep away from her daughters so they would be safe during the pandemic.
Ms Vaughan, 43, spent more than two months away from her daughters Hettie, seven, and Bella, nine.
The NHS worker can be seen sneaking up behind her kids, who were living with her sister Charlotte during the unprecedented health crisis.
And now the touching video has gone viral.
Suzanne, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, said: “I brought them to my sister’s home because I wanted to keep them safe, because I work at the hospital and was exposing myself to the virus each day.
“But I also wanted to work more, and I couldn’t do more hours and keep the girls.
“It was a really difficult decision but it was a sacrifice that needed to be made.
“Leaving them was very emotional as I didn’t know how long it would be until I saw them again – I never expected it to be nine weeks.
“But so many others have made the same sacrifices because we want to help people and fight this virus.
“It was something I needed to do – I started doing this job over 20 years ago because I wanted to help people.
“I put work first for nine weeks, but I think now it was time I put my girls first.”
Suzanne said: “We Facetime each day and they will always text me good morning.
“I was tired from work and wanted to see them but I knew I couldn’t cuddle them so I stuck to it.
“There were many times I thought to myself I can’t do this anymore.
“It was difficult the first few weeks, because I’d come home from work and they wouldn’t be there.
“It was dead quiet, no one running about or screaming or laughing, it was horrible.
“I don’t know what to do without them singing and dancing.”
She said: “I told my boss I needed to reduce my hours back to normal, and she was incredibly understanding and supportive.
“By the end I had a countdown to when I’d be seeing my girls again and it was really the one thing keeping me going.”
She said: “We kept it a secret from them because I didn’t want to disappoint them in case something changed, but it was all worthwhile when I saw their reactions.
“I just didn’t want to let them go and when they cried I just felt it in my heart. It was amazing.
“I thought I can’t ever let them go again.
“I’m just glad to be with them now, I was so overwhelmed both physically and mentally, it was surreal.
“We haven’t stopped cuddling for a minute since I’ve been back.”
She added: “Being home with my girls feels like I’ve won a gold medal – it’s brilliant.
“We’ve always been close, but this has made us so much closer.”