One of the founders of the “Freedom Defenders” – a local Texas group fighting against COVID-19 restrictions, mask mandates and vaccines – died of COVID-19 on Saturday.
Caleb Wallace, 30, leaves behind his pregnant wife Jessica and three young children.
Jessica posted on the GoFundMe page, “Caleb passed away peacefully. He will live on in our hearts and minds forever.”
For nearly a month, Caleb lay unconscious, on a ventilator, and heavily sedated in the ICU at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.
Caleb developed symptoms in late July but was very resistant to seeking professional medical attention, Jessica said in an earlier interview with the… San Angelo Standard Times.
“But every time he started coughing, it turned into a coughing fit, and he’d be completely out of breath.
“He was so stubborn. He didn’t want to see a doctor because he didn’t want to be in the statistics with COVID testing.”
Caleb Wallace, 30, is a founding member of the “Freedom Defenders,” a local San Angelo group fighting COVID-19 restrictions, mask mandates and vaccines
Caleb is pictured here with his wife Jessica and three young children. Jessica is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.
The family is expecting their fourth child, Emsley Jean Wallace, on September 27. Jessica created a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical bills for household ads she can’t afford as a prospective stay-at-home mom
Instead, Caleb chose to treat himself to a cocktail of vitamin C, zinc, aspirin and ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that has been falsely touted by some as an effective COVID-19 treatment.
This month, the FDA warned Americans to stop using the antiparasitic drug intended for livestock as a treatment.
The FDA tweeted, “You’re not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, everyone. Stop.’
Caleb’s outlook looked bleak mid-week.
Jessica posted an update to her on Wednesday facebook page says, “He’s not doing well.
“It doesn’t look in our favour, his lungs are stiff with fibrosis. They called and said they had no more options for him and asked if I agreed not to resuscitate. And it would be up to us when to stop treatments.
My heart just can’t. I can’t imagine my life without him. I’m sorry if I don’t respond to phone calls, texts or messages, I’m just devastated.”
On Wednesday, his wife Jessica Wallace posted a “heartbreaking update” of his condition on Facebook, writing that doctors “have run out of options for him and asked if I would agree to a non-CPR.”
In the GoFundMe post, Jessica – who is expecting their fourth child on September 27 – said she needs help paying the “mortgage, water, electricity and supplies for the girls.”
“Everything helps at the moment. I’m trying to prepare for this month and the next,” she said.
“With this far into the pregnancy I can’t get a job and after giving birth I need a few weeks to recover.”
The family has been calling Caleb on FaceTime every night for the past three weeks, but this week Caleb was unable to respond to his young girls.
The girls tell Caleb how their day went, how much they love and miss him, and how much they want him home.
“Keep fighting, Daddy,” the girls told their ailing father during video chat on Thursday, according to the Standard-Times. ‘We miss you.’
On Saturday 21 August Caleb will have been on the ventilator for more than 12 days
The Wallace family has been calling Caleb on FaceTime every night for the past three weeks. Caleb can’t respond because he’s been unconscious for over two weeks
In a promotional video for the group posted to crooksandliars.com in October, Caleb explains what the “Freedom Defenders” are all about.
“We fight to get people to work. We fight for people to get up. We fight for people to start talking and having conversations with their neighbors instead of turning off the phone or looking at their phone all day. Let’s open up to each other.’
“If we don’t do something now. We are going to lose a lot more than we expected,” he said in the video.
Just a few weeks before being hospitalized, Caleb helped organize “The Freedom Rally,” which was advertised as a protest against “the government in control of our lives.”
The Texan father was a founding member of the local San Angelo, Texas group that fought “COVID-19 tyranny.”
The group actively opposed COVID-19 restrictions for an “open Texas” and opposed masks and vaccines.
As a founding member, alongside Coco Simpson, he gave interviews questioning public health measures and scientific findings, and organized rallies and protests.
in a open letter Written to San Angelo Independent School District on April 10, Wallace condemned lockdowns and mask mandates.
He falsely claimed that there is “little evidence that masks worked for everyone.”
What are the benefits of lockdowns and masks? I tell you there is NO benefit to this continuing practice.”
He ended the letter demanding that the school district “revoke ALL COVID-related policies immediately!”
Texas joined a growing list of states seeing record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a wave that is overwhelming doctors and nurses and affecting more children.
Intensive care units across the country are full of patients who are extremely ill with COVID-19, such as Caleb.
The same day Jessica posted the Facebook update on Caleb’s condition, Texas reported more COVID-19 patients in their hospitals than at any time since the pandemic began, 14,255 and 2,074 respectively, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health. and Human Services.