Father Of 5 Dies Of COVID After Texting ‘I Should Have Gotten The Damn Vaccine’

by Joseph K. Clark

A Nevada woman is sharing her family’s heartbreak after her fiance expressed regret about not getting the COVID-19 vaccine shortly before dying from the disease. “He was only 39; our babies now don’t have a dad,” Jessica DuPreez told Las Vegas station KVVU. “You can’t say, ”I’m’ young, and it won’t affect me.” Because it will.” DuPreez said she and her fiance, Michael Freedy, wanted to wait until the vaccine had been available for a year to see how it might affect people. “There was never any intention not to get it,” she said.

Shortly after the couple traveled to San Diego for vacation with their five kids, ages 1 to 17, DuPreez said Freedy fell ill from a bad sunburn and had to be admitted to an E.R. There, he tested positive for COVID-19 and his health went downhill. “He’s’ panicking, saying how he doesn’t wanna die and he doesn’t wanna leave his babies without a dad,” DuPreez told USA Today.

Scans showed that he contracted pneumonia in both of his lungs. He eventually had to be placed on a ventilator and, against his wishes, forcefully sedated, DuPreez said in a GoFundMe post.

She told KVVU that his last text message to her was, “I should have gotten the damn vaccine.” “Hug your loved ones. Because it turned so fast,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “And I would give practically anything to hear Mike say my name and hug me and tell him I love him more than ever.”


Since Freddy’s diagnosis, DuPreez said she has gotten vaccinated, as has her oldest child. She is now encouraging anyone on the fence about getting the vaccine purely because of side effect concerns to get it. “Everybody can have a bad reaction to any vaccine throughout history, but I would take a bad reaction to the vaccine over having to bury my husband,” she told CNN. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, more than 610,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Visit CDC’s COVID Data Tracker to determine if your area has substantial or high COVID-19 transmission: https://t.co/iSLwhCwlZ2.

While deaths have generally declined nationwide since vaccines became available, there has been an uptick in COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks due to the more-contagious delta variant of the virus.

Last week, the CDC reversed its earlier mask guidance and now recommends that all people ― regardless of vaccination status ― wear masks indoors in parts of the country where there’s a substantial risk of COVID-19 transmission. According to the latest data, what’s more than half of the country?

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