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Woman finally sees 95-year-old mother inside Willoughby nursing home after days of picketing

'I haven't seen her for three and a half months,' Darlene Dryer told 3News last week.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Darlene Dryer took a stand, and her wish was finally granted.

She was back outside Ohio Living Breckenridge Village, a nursing home in Willoughby, picketing Wednesday morning for permission to visit with her 95-year-old mother.

3News’ Romney Smith talked with Dryer about the situation last week.

"For an hour or two, I’d just sit with her," she said. "Now I haven’t seen her for three and half months. She has declined drastically because I have not seen her."

During her time picketing Wednesday, Dryer was seen holding a sign that declared: "Ohio Living forbids visits to my dying mom." We streamed some of her picketing live on YouTube:

Later, Darlene confirmed to 3News' Laura Caso the nursing home finally allowed her inside this afternoon. The facility director told her her mom's health is failing, so the two got to spend one hour together.

"It's inhumane that these people have lived their life...and now they're dying alone," Darlene said.

While her mom is apparently not doing well, Darlene says she was smiling when she saw her. The nursing home told us they have been merely following the rules put in place by Gov. Mike DeWine's administration.

Meanwhile, DeWine announced Tuesday that he plans to reveal some guidelines soon that would allow Ohioans permission to visit nursing homes.

"We should have something to announce within the next week about our plan so that people can start visiting in nursing homes," DeWine said during his Tuesday press conference. "We've got to be very careful. As we can test more and we have more testing availability, that is going to help us do that."

DeWine said there has been nothing more heartbreaking than to see families not able to visit with their loved ones at nursing homes.

"We have tried to balance the safety of everyone in that nursing home with the real need for people, particularly after three or four months, to see their loved ones in-person."

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