Agoraphobic man who wanted to be vaccinated died in ICU with Covid before he could be stung

Brendon Jones died of Covid earlier this month after he struggled to leave home to get vaccinated due to his agoraphobia

An agoraphobic man who is believed to have received the Covid-19 vaccination but struggled to leave the house died of the virus in intensive care before he could be stung.

Brendon Jones died earlier this month at North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall after battling the coronavirus for about nine days.

The 33-year-old, who was devoted to his cousins, had hoped to get a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible, but struggled to leave the house.

NHS England announced that from May 22, 33-year-olds would be eligible for the first vaccine shot, which would have provided partial immunity.

But agoraphobia made Brendon afraid of crowds and crowded places, meaning he spent most of his time at home in Blackley, north Manchester.

Brendon, who lived with his mother Hayley and father Kevin, loved being with his family and would have liked to spend more time with them during the national lockdowns.

But during the last week of June, six members of his family tested positive for the coronavirus.

Hayley and Kevin, who were both fully vaccinated, had mild symptoms, including headaches, body aches and loss of taste and smell.

But Brendon became very unwell and rapidly deteriorated.

Hayley said, “Brendon got up and felt a little pain. He went back to bed and when he got up that afternoon he looked very sick. He went downhill so fast.

“He just got worse and worse with a really bad chest cough.

“By Sunday (July 4) he started vomiting and diarrhoea, severe pains and was like that for a few days. He ate nothing.

“By the seventh day I called 111 because I was so concerned about him. He couldn’t go up anymore, so they sent an ambulance. But they called and asked to speak to him.

“I told him he couldn’t string together a sentence, but they spoke to him and said he didn’t need an ambulance and that those were the symptoms.”

Brendon's mother Hayley said the 33-year-old wanted to get the vaccine but couldn't leave the house and became ill earlier this month.  He died on July 13 at North Manchester General Hospital

Brendon’s mother Hayley said the 33-year-old wanted to get the vaccine but couldn’t leave the house and became ill earlier this month. He died on July 13 at North Manchester General Hospital

Brendon was prescribed a course of antibiotics, Hayley said, but he still deteriorated.

Hayley said, “I was really worried. He drifted in and out of consciousness, asking us what was wrong with him.

“He said, ‘I can’t do it, Mama, my throat is closing.’

“I called an ambulance that Friday and Brendon was taken to North Manchester General Hospital.”

Brendon was transferred to an intensive care unit on Saturday morning.

Hayley says, “On Sunday they said his oxygen level should be higher. He was on morphine and sent me two WhatsApp messages that read, “I’m feeling a little better.”

“But he wasn’t better that Monday and the doctors said they would put him on a ventilator.

‘That was it. It was just five o’clock in the morning when we got a call to say goodbye to the hospital.’

Brendon's family described how he was taken to North Manchester General Hospital (pictured) after his condition worsened earlier this month and was admitted to intensive care.

Brendon’s family described how he was taken to North Manchester General Hospital (pictured) after his condition worsened earlier this month and was admitted to intensive care.

Brendon passed away on Tuesday, July 13.

Hayley hopes her son’s tragic death will raise awareness that Covid-19 is a disease that can affect people of all ages.

Hayley said: ‘Brendon was registered agoraphobic for 18 years.

“He hadn’t had the vaccine yet because it was difficult to get him out of the house. He wanted it. And he believed they would work.

‘But he also thought that everyone should have their own opinion. He intended to have it – he wanted it.

‘He was more withdrawn than agoraphobic really. He couldn’t stand a crowd.’

Brendon’s agoraphobia was the result of childhood trauma and he’d worked hard with a counselor to manage it.

Hayley said she would like health care providers to make vaccination easier for people who struggle to leave the home.

Brendon's mother Hayley said health care providers should make vaccination easier for people who struggle to leave their homes due to physical or mental health problems (file photo)

Brendon’s mother Hayley said health care providers should make vaccination easier for people who struggle to leave their homes due to physical or mental health problems (file photo)

Brendon, who grew up in Old Trafford, was well known and popular in the gaming community.

Hayley said, “A lot of people say he was a gentle giant. Those who knew him knew he had a quirky sense of humor.

“He was very shy, but within his own family he was funny with a dry sense of humor.

‘He loved nature, animals and space. He was a wealth of information – really just interested in the world. He wanted to know everything about everything.

“He loved his nieces and nephews. He would make them scream with laughter. And he got his nephew into gaming.

“Lockdown was actually positive for Brendon because we were all home.

“We had a great summer last year because everything was private. He just loved spending time with his family.”

His funeral will take place on Thursday in the presence of only the family. His loved ones are trying to raise £1,000 to cover the costs.

To donate go to: https://gofund.me/6b03f854

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