Desperate for an unvaccinated dead-off jab just before Kovid’s death

A heartwarming message from one of the nine unvaccinated children showed how desperate they were to get their job of COVID just days before they died in the hospital.

A WhatsApp message sent by Stephen Doyle from Runcorn, Cheshire to his former teammate Nicola, when he was missing from Christmas in the hospital, said he would be “getting jabs” as soon as possible.

An otherwise healthy 45-year-old man died at Warrington Hospital, however, relatives and friends were “devastated” by complications from COVID on 3 January, CheshireLive Report.

In a message exchange with Nicola, Stephen describes how upset he was that he was not allowed visitors at Christmas, with his former partner reassuring him that the family would be “another Christmas Day”.

He told her: “We’ll definitely have another Christmas day when you’re out, food, presents, a lot but as long as your (sic) well and fine and we’ll still have you here (sic) Christmas.” Missing is not a big deal right now.

“I’ll video him opening my main event and send you tons of pictures too.”

In response, Stephen said: “Okay thanks, if you find a Christmas picture, tighten one of them together so it[fits]on my screen saver, give them the best day they can please.” Worth it too.

“I’m getting jabs as soon as possible.”

After his death, his cousin Michelle Pierce, a nurse practitioner at Landudno Hospital, spoke on behalf of the family.

She said they want people to realize the impact the coronavirus is having on young, healthy people who haven’t been vaccinated – and their families too.

Michelle, 54, said: “When Stefan was in the hospital he texted his ex-partner Nicola and said ‘I’m getting the jabs as soon as possible’.

“He said he never wanted to go through it again. Sadly, he never got the chance to be vaccinated. It was too late for him.

“He was against vaccination before going in and I would say he was impressed by all the talk on social media.

“He had no underlying health conditions. He was fit and healthy.”

The former doctor, who was working as a dispatch supervisor at the time of his death, was already in the hospital due to COVID, but was discharged with antibiotics in mid-December.

Michel said: “We don’t know whether he discharged himself or not but he was self-isolating. Nicola went to visit him on 22 December and found him very unwell.”

She immediately called 999 and Stephen was hospitalized with difficulty breathing and very little oxygen in his blood.

Within 24 hours he was taken to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ITU) and it was decided to put him on ventilation on Christmas Day.

The family says he also had Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in his leg, which the medical team belonged to.

Michelle said: “The medical staff were quite positive when it came to New Year’s and they were trying to get him off the ventilation but his body was fighting it and they had to stop. He still needed mechanical ventilation to breathe. .

“We got a call on January 2 that his condition had deteriorated.”

Doctors told the family that Stephen had developed bilateral pneumothorax, meaning both lungs had collapsed and that four tubes had to be inserted into his chest to help him breathe.

Mitchell said: “The medical team at Warrington Hospital called us in and explained they didn’t have options.

“On January 3, they told the family that they could not do anything. So the decision was made to withdraw the treatment.”

Michelle said Stephen’s mother Janet, sister Nicola and their ex-partners want people to understand that COVID-19 doesn’t just affect vulnerable people.

She continued: “People need to know that this is happening to healthy people. If we can save one person by getting vaccinated, it’s our story to tell.

“He was just a funny guy. He loved making people laugh and was always laughing. He loved spending time with his kids and making them all happy.”

Michelle, who also lost her father-in-law to Covid, revealed that the entire family is ‘devastated and shocked, angry and disappointed’.

“Stephen’s mom, my aunt, doesn’t want anyone to go through what we’re going through,” she said.

“Many people don’t need to go through this, right? They should just get vaccinated.

“All the people we know who were vaccinated but caught COVID didn’t have severe symptoms. People believe things without any evidence.

“Please go out and get vaccinated and prevent your family from going through what we are going through as a family – it can be avoided.”

Dr Nick Lyons, Executive Medical Director of the Betsy Cadwallad University Health Board, said: “I can only express my condolences to Michelle and her family for their tragic loss.

“I also want to salute his courage for thinking of others so soon after losing a loved one.

“They are absolutely right – the best way to protect your health during a pandemic is to get a full course of COVID vaccination.

“I would urge people to listen to their story and make arrangements for vaccination now.”

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