A woman in the US is sharing her fiancé’s final text message following his death from Covid-19.
Jessica DuPreez, 37, and Micheal Freedy, had taken their children on a family trip to San Diego where they visited a theme park and then a zoo and Micheal had suffered a severe sunburn which they were treating with lotions and fluids after arriving home.
“He was getting chills, couldn’t eat, couldn’t get comfortable, couldn’t sleep,” Jessica explains on the family’s crowdfunding page. “All symptoms of sun poisoning.”
He became so sick he took himself to his local hospital emergency room where Jessica says he was “pretty much dismissed” so he went to work that night.
Still, he became worse and after two days of being unable to work and after beginning to feel nauseous he returned to hospital where he was tested for Covid-19 and was found to be positive.
Micheal was sent home to recover and Jessica’s test for the virus was negative. At 3am the next day Micheal woke Jessica up telling her he “can’t breathe and is dizzy and when he tries to stand he starts to fall over”.
She rushed him to hospital and he was admitted but Jessica was told she couldn’t stay, relying on text messages from Micheal to stay updated on his condition.
“His blood oxygen is at 72, they told him they are surprised he was even able to walk and talk,” she continues. “They do scans on him and find he has pneumonia in both of his lungs. He’s placed on the highest level of oxygen their hospital can do.”
Further treatment to increase Micheal’s oxygen level and to help his lungs function fail.
Micheal had been in hospital for almost a week since Tuesday morning and Jessica says she was texting with him on Sunday evening at around 8.30pm and he told her he was tired and was going to try and get some sleep.
She texted him as soon as she woke up the next day and didn’t receive an answer so she calls the hospital and they tell her he is “stable” but “they were probably going to recommend intubation and sedation”.
She asks hospital staff to tell Micheal to text her and he sent her the following alarming messages.
She later found out he sent the messages on his way to be intubated, knowing he would be unconscious and unable to speak with her.
“Hey baby!!!!!” he wrote. “It’s important. 911 911 911.”
When Jessica doesn’t immediately respond he says: “Alright well I tried. They are taking me to ICU. I love you with everything I am!!!!!”
This was the last time Jessica would hear from Micheal who later died of Covid-19.
She tells The Washington Post neither she nor Micheal were vaccinated, having decided to wait and see what the side effects were when they were administered to others.
“All we were doing is waiting one year,” she said.
Jessica told the publication during the text exchanges while Micheal had been in hospital he had said: “I should have got the damn vaccine.”
Jessica is sharing her story to encourage others to get the vaccine to avoid suffering a similar tragedy she and their five children have suffered.
She told CNN: “My kids don’t have a dad anymore because we hesitated. I would take a bad reaction to the vaccine over having to bury my husband. I would take that any day.”
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