(CNN Spanish) –– The delta variant once again put the United States in a race against time to stop the spread, as hospitalizations soar in places with the lowest vaccination rates. Now, those who struggle in intensive care units are younger and younger people who do not necessarily have pre-existing conditions. The common denominator? The vast majority of them have not been vaccinated. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 99.9% of those fully vaccinated have not had a serious post-vaccination infection.
Behind the numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, which may seem like mere numbers, are actually the stories of people with a name. a family, a voice. These are the 6 testimonies of men and women who were not vaccinated, they had a battle against covid-19. Their cases send a powerful message to all who have questions about the vaccine.
“I should have had the vaccine”: the last message from a man with covid-19
39-year-old Michael Freedy lost the battle against COVID-19. Neither he nor his fiancée, Jessica DuPree, were vaccinated when he was infected. On CNN, DuPree recounted why they didn’t get vaccinated and how she thinks the vaccine could have saved the father of her children.
A father narrates on video his painful battle against covid-19, while he regrets not being vaccinated
It is difficult to understand the words of Travis Campbell, a father hospitalized in Virginia: the oxygen mask and the noise of the machines do not allow his weak voice to be heard well. With every breath, he struggles to convey a message about his battle against covid-19. He records himself in a series of videos that he has posted on Facebook documenting his illness. He claims he made a mistake by not getting vaccinated.
He is 17 years old and has lost 9 kilos while fighting in the ICU against covid-19
Nelson Alexis Bennett is 17 years old, Down syndrome, and clings to life in a battle against COVID-19 at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Every breath he takes is a gigantic effort and when they brought him to the limelight his parents thought he was going to die. Since he was hospitalized, he has lost more than 9 kilos, they say: “Nobody wants to sit here and watch his son fight for his life.” Nelson’s diagnosis has prompted the family to reconsider getting vaccinated.
A vaccinated mother has not been separated from her daughter in intensive care due to covid-19
Agnes Velasquez has not left her 15-year-old daughter Paulina, with covid-19, since the young woman was hospitalized in July and was connected to an artificial respirator in a Florida hospital, under an induced coma. In despair, the woman shared her story hoping it could save lives. This week, Agnes was moved to tears when she saw Paulina disconnected from the respirator and able to walk. Their fight began when the two were infected at the same time, but only the mother was vaccinated.
Médica shares the video of an unvaccinated father who fights for his life
An Arkansas hospital shared a video of a 40-year-old father with COVID-19, who remains in intensive care. His family decided to show this content in order to encourage people to get vaccinated.
This Florida coach went from healthy to life-threatening covid-19
Terry Greear’s battle with Florida physical education teacher against COVID-19 kept him hospitalized for 72 days. He lost more than 22 kilos while doing it. Now, he has a message for those who have not yet been vaccinated, because when he was infected the vaccine was not available for people his age.
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