Just two weeks ago, Jessica DuPreez was on vacation in San Diego with her fiancé Michael Freedy, and their five kids, ages 17, 10, 7, 6, and 17 months. But a visit to the beach led to a sunburn which led to a hospital visit and a positive COVID test.
His sunburn was so bad, he went to the ER when back in Vegas. A COVID test at the hospital came back positive, but he went home to try and fight it out in isolation.
But after a couple of days, Freedy woke up in the middle of the night panicked, unable to breathe.
Freedy, who was not vaccinated for COVID-19, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs. He died at the age of 39.
The last text message Freedy sent DuPreez before he was intubated: “I should have gotten the damn vaccine.”
“We wanted to wait just one year from the release to see what effects people had, but there was never any intention to not get it,” DuPreez told Fox5Vegas. She says she deeply regrets that decision and has now gotten the shot along with her oldest child.
She’s now hoping her story will help others to understand the urgency in getting vaccinated.
More than 613,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and over 4.2 million people have died worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.