A Las Vegas father who died of COVID-19 sent his fiancé the heartbreaking text, “I should have gotten that damn vaccine” just before he passed out, according to new reports.
Michael Freedy, 39, had gone on vacation in mid-July with fiancé Jessica du Preez and their children aged 17, 10, 7, 6 and 17 months. KVVU reported.
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Shortly after their return, Freedy went to the hospital with a painful rash.
While there, he eventually tested positive for COVID-19.
He went home to try to endure the illness in isolation, but his symptoms became increasingly severe, the outlet reported.
“Early Tuesday morning, I’d say around 3 a.m., he wakes me up in a panic,” Du Preez told Fox TV. “He says, ‘I can’t breathe. I know something is wrong.’ ”
Freedy couldn’t even get up, so the couple went back to the hospital.
He was admitted with pneumonia in both lungs and was transferred to another hospital, where du Preez was allowed to see him.
“I kept saying to him, ‘You’re going to get through this, you need to come home to us,’” she said.
Instead, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to the ICU.
“I was able to call before they picked him up, and he was on the phone,” Du Preez said. “And I could hear him. I was like, ‘Please keep fighting. Do not give up.’ And he says, “I’m trying to fight, but they’re going to intubate and suppress me.” ”
At one point, Freedy du Preez sent a text from the hospital.
“Oh my [expletive] God. This is terrible,” he wrote. according to CBS-TV affiliate KLAS. “I should have gotten that damn vaccine.”
Freedy died in hospital on Thursday morning with du Preez by his side.
“I was in the hospital visiting Mike and telling him all about our kids’ day and how everyone loved him,” du Preez wrote on a GoFundMe page. “His numbers crashed and they were unable to bring them back.
“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.”
Freedy had not been vaccinated, although his fiancé said the couple planned to eventually be.
“We were just waiting, and now to think that if we got the shot a week earlier or a month earlier when one of our jobs had a vaccination thing, he could still be here,” she told the station. .
“We only wanted to wait a year from release to see what effects people had, but it was never our intention not to get it,” she added to KVVU.
Du Preez, who said she will always regret the decision, is now being vaccinated along with the couple’s oldest child.
She said that even if the vaccine had prevented “a little bit” of her fiancé’s symptoms, it “could have prevented the coronavirus from progressing so quickly.”
“I expected to get another 30 years with him,” Du Preez said. “I didn’t expect him to be gone.”