Unvaxxed’s deputy, 31, who nearly died of COVID, gets the injection the day he leaves the hospital

An unvaccinated sheriff’s deputy who nearly died of COVID after dismissing the danger of the virus said he received the vaccine immediately after leaving the hospital.

Lt. Kaylon McDaniel, 31, of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Bureau of Investigation in Arkansas is grateful to be alive after four months in the hospital and received his COVID-19 vaccine when he was discharged on Nov. 4.

McDaniel shared his survival story with Arkansas Online, told the paper he had been in a medically induced coma for months after being diagnosed with COVID in July.

He explained that he changed his mind about the severity of COVID, saying, ‘Take it seriously, get vaccinated. I didn’t take it seriously at first. Look what I’ve been through.’

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Lieutenant Kaylon McDaniel's colleagues and family started a prayer group on Facebook after his condition worsened (pictured in hospital)

Lieutenant Kaylon McDaniel’s colleagues and family started a prayer group on Facebook after his condition worsened (pictured in hospital)

Lieutenant Kaylon McDaniel said he regrets not taking COVID-19 seriously enough and has since been vaccinated

Lieutenant Kaylon McDaniel said he regrets not taking COVID-19 seriously enough and has since been vaccinated

Lieutenant Kaylon McDaniel said he regrets not taking COVID-19 seriously enough and has since been vaccinated

On July 25, the 31-year-old was placed in an artificial coma before being flown to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

On July 25, the 31-year-old was placed in an artificial coma before being flown to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

On July 25, the 31-year-old was placed in an artificial coma before being flown to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

The officer also spoke of his shock when he first woke up after being put into a coma in July and told it was September.

He said, ‘Well, I think I went to the hospital in July when I woke up, it was September.

“If you’ve ever had surgery, you know that’s what it felt like to wake up after surgery.

“You know it was a little shocking to me, but I couldn’t speak at the time, so you know I couldn’t really express what was going on.

“But I could see, you know, I had to watch the news, sort it out, okay is it really September, or someone playing a prank on me

“You know, I thought it was a joke or something, you’ve known for a while I didn’t believe it.”

McDaniel recalled testing positive for the virus on July 10 after contracting it on July 4, although he doesn’t know how or where he contracted the virus.

He said that after trying to beat it at home, he began to have shortness of breath and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was admitted. diagnosed with ‘severe COVID-19’ and pneumonia.

From there it only got worse.

“When I first got to JRMC, they had me on pure oxygen,” McDaniel said. “Later I was on a ventilator for a while.”

On July 25, the 31-year-old was placed in an artificial coma before being taken by plane to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

It was then that McDaniel’s family began to prepare for the worst.

“We were on the road that morning and they told us to prepare for the fact that he was not breathing and might die,” his father Thomas McDaniel told Arkansas Online. “They didn’t expect him to live.”

McDaniel with his family after hospital discharge on Nov. 4

McDaniel with his family after hospital discharge on Nov. 4

McDaniel with his family after hospital discharge on Nov. 4

McDaniel shared his survival story in hopes that others can learn from him and take COVID-19 seriously

McDaniel shared his survival story in hopes that others can learn from him and take COVID-19 seriously

McDaniel shared his survival story in hopes that others can learn from him and take COVID-19 seriously

“Two things in my life have turned out to be real,” McDaniel said. ‘Covid-19 and the power of prayer.’

Thomas said he and his wife considered the idea of ​​funeral arrangements, but instead decided to remain hopeful and rely on prayer.

“We just started praying, hoping God would help him through it,” Thomas said. “That’s all we could do.”

McDaniel’s colleagues followed suit, and Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr. started a prayer chain on Facebook along with Captain Yohance Brunson of the Criminal Investigations Division.

The group would mobilize if McDaniel’s health deteriorated.

McDaniel’s parents didn’t leave their son’s bed all the time and Captain Brunson was the one who offered the parents a ride to the hospital after they moved to be closer to their son.

“Brunson drove us back and forth to the hospital in Little Rock because he didn’t want me to drive,” said Thomas McDaniel.

And then, in September, the miracle everyone had been praying for came true and McDaniel woke up with no idea how long he’d been in a coma.

“I woke up and it was September,” McDaniel said. “I thought maybe a few days had passed. That’s how it felt to me.’

From there, a new journey began for the 31-year-old, who was unable to speak due to his tracheotomy and who needed therapy to get back on track. his strength.

After undergoing speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, McDaniel’s was released from the hospital on Nov. 4.

He was met by a procession of more than 50 first responders to escort him home as spectators cheered.

McDaniels said he wants people to learn from his mistake of not taking COVID-19 seriously and advised people to: “take the necessary precautions so that you don’t have to go through a near-death experience like me.”

McDaniel’s practiced what he preached and regot his vaccination the day he was discharged.

His long-time friend Woods said McDaniel’s story also convinced many who were not taking COVID-19 seriously to get vaccinated.

McDaniel said he feels like a walking miracle and that God saved him even when doctors counted him out.

“Two things in my life have turned out to be real,” McDaniel said. ‘Covid-19 and the power of prayer.’

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