C'mon Get Happy:79 yr old Husband Gets 1st Driver License to Care for Wife

posted by Heather White -

A 79-year-old British man has passed his driver’s license test for the first time, but he didn’t do it for himself. Keith Limbert finally got behind the wheel because his wife of 58 years, Anne, suffered a stroke recently and could no longer get around on her own. "My wife drove me around for 40 years, she passed first time in 1972 and I didn't know how good I had it,” Limbert said. He said she used to chauffeur him to the horse races where he could have a drink (or two) without having to worry about driving home. But getting the license wasn’t easy. Limbert said that he spent “a fortune I don’t have” on 40 lessons, and that he failed the test on his first two tries, once for speeding. He thanks his “brilliant instructor” for his ultimate success.

 "I take Anne out every day to have a coffee and a scone, either to a garden center or somewhere else. We would go stir crazy if we were stuck in the house all week,” he said. Along with dealing with complications from the stroke, Anne is fighting breast cancer for the second time and Limbert can now take her to treatments, but it’s important for him that she can go "anywhere where life is going on” and “watch the world go by." Limbert lifts weights and bikes to stay fit. His daughter encouraged him to take up driving while he’s still healthy, and says it has given the couple a new lease on life.

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