“I should have gotten that damn vaccine!” Tragic text message sent by father of five before dying of COVID
“I should have gotten that damn vaccine!” Tragic last text message sent from 39-year-old father of five to his fiancée before he succumbed to COVID after contracting the virus on vacation’
- Michael Freedy, 39, died Thursday after contracting COVID-19
- He chose not to get the vaccine because he wanted to wait 12 months to see if those who had been vaccinated had any long-term side effects.
- Freedy leaves behind his fiancée and five children
- As of Friday, less than half of Americans have been fully vaccinated (49.4%)
- Vaccination coverage has also decreased, despite the increase in new infections due to the spread of the Delta variant
A father of five sent a heartbreaking text message to his fiancée saying he should have been given the COVID-19 vaccine — just days before he succumbed to the deadly disease.
Michael Freedy, 39, died Thursday at a hospital in his hometown of Las Vegas, less than two weeks after contracting the virus.
Earlier this month, Freedy and his fiancée, Jessica DuPreeze, went on a beach vacation to California with their five children, ages 17-17.
After returning to Las Vegas, Freedy became ill and went to the hospital believing he was suffering from severe heat stroke.
Doctors found that his blood oxygen level was critically low and tested him for Covid, giving a positive result.
When his breathing got worse, Freedy texted DuPreeze, “I should have gotten that damn vaccine.” He was later placed on a ventilator before dying several days later.
Speaking to KMOV on Friday, a heartbroken DuPreeze explained, “We only wanted to wait a year from the release [of the vaccine] to see what effects people had, but never meant not to get it.”
She said she has now had her first shot and will “always regret” that Freedy was not vaccinated.
“He’s only 39. Our babies don’t have a father now. You can’t say I’m young and it won’t affect me because it will,” she told the news channel.
Michael Freedy, 39, died Thursday in a hospital in his hometown of Las Vegas, less than two weeks after contracting the virus
Freedy is pictured with his fiancée Jessica DuPreeze and four of their five children
DuPreeze says she has now had her first shot and will “always regret” not having Freedy vaccinated. The couple is in the picture together in happier times
The tragic news comes as vaccination rates in America stall, despite the spread of the highly contagious Delta strain.
Less than half of Americans have been fully vaccinated as of Friday, with 164 million people or 49.4% of the total U.S. population receiving either dose of the Pfizer or Moderna injections, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson -prick.
In the past week, the US averaged just over 700,000 shots a day — far below the average of 4 million shots a day in early April.
Even the rise of the Delta variant doesn’t seem to encourage unvaccinated Americans to get the injections.
On Thursday, the US reported more than 95,000 new COVID cases — up from just 15,000 on the same day last month.
DuPreeze defended her decision to vacation with Freedy and their kids on a GoFundMe account.
“It was to get the kids out of the heat warning that Vegas had, but also because we actually had two days off in a row. We went to the beach,” she explained, sharing a photo of Freedy holding their youngest son on the shore.
DuPreeze continued to update the page as her partner’s condition worsened, before heartbreakingly revealing that he had passed away on Thursday.
“I was in the hospital visiting Mike and told him all about our childhood and how everyone loved him. His numbers crashed and they weren’t able to get them back,” she wrote.
‘The love of my life, my rock, my everything. The father of my babies is no longer with us. I don’t know what to do.’
DuPreeze defended her decision to go on vacation with Freedy and their kids on a GoFundMe page
DuPreeze shared this selfie Freedy took while battling COVID in the ICU
The couple share five children and DuPreeze is heartbroken by the shock of her partner’s death