Many people are rushing to the vaccination center to receive their jabs, and help ensure they keep themselves, and everybody around them safe. But, some people are still refusing to get vaccinated and it’s causing some families a lot of pain.
One woman’s obituary, written by her family, has blamed those who have refused to receive the vaccine for her death…
“She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with Covid-19. She was vaccinated but was infected by others who chose not to be. The cost was her life,” the obituary read.
Candace Cay Ayers passed away after developing severe symptoms of the deadly coronavirus at just sixty-six years old, and her family is heartbroken.
She was fully vaccinated in March, but upon visiting her unvaccinated friend in July, her family believe that is when she caught the virus. Unfortunately, Candace’s condition continued to worsen as the weeks went on. She was placed on a ventilator 3 weeks before her passing after being admitted to hospital.
“Mom was a fighter… and mom was so angry at people for not getting vaccinated and not wearing a mask,” her son Marc Ayers, thirty-six, told TODAY.
The sixty-six-year-old mom was extremely vocal about those who refused to get jabbed too…
“Mom was very vocal about people who just refused to take those precautions and so we thought it was a good idea to put that in the obituary and make a statement out of it,” her son said.
Candace took the virus very seriously and cared deeply about protecting herself, her family, and anyone around her. The family has been left torn apart after the death of their mom as well as another family member.
So, Mark’s sister, Amanda, wrote the obituary, with the help of her family, in the hope that it would encourage people to take any precaution they can to prevent further spikes of Covid-19.
Candace also had a pre-existing condition, rheumatoid arthritis…
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking healthy body tissue, and although it can be helped with medication. It is a serious condition and can make catching the virus a lot easier. So, the mom was already at a higher risk than most but was over the moon after receiving both of her jabs.
But, it wasn’t just Candace who took the steps to become safer during the pandemic either. Her whole family, including her sixty-eight-year-old husband, Terry, took the initiative to become double vaccinated for the sake of preventing another spike.
“We’re a family that believes in science, believes in the medical advice of the community, medical recommendations from doctors. We followed everything very strictly. So all that combined is kind of what we’re still in shock about how it didn’t seem to matter, at least for my mom,” Marc said.
Upon traveling to Mississippi to visit an unvaccinated friend, the worst happened.
Candace was officially diagnosed with the coronavirus on July 28th, with her husband testing positive just 3 days after her. But, while Terry only suffered a mild case of the virus, recovering at a fast pace, his wife deteriorated quickly, and her family had to deal with the consequences of the unvaccinated population.
Candace was later admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, eventually developing sepsis.
“After that, any progress that my mom had made in terms of her lungs getting a little bit better was erased and pneumonia took over with a vengeance,” her son said.
And on September 3rd, the family had a heart-wrenching decision to make…
Her lungs had completely filled up with infections to the point where she was unable to squeeze the hands of the people she loved. So, the doctors told the family to consider comfort care, which means giving Candace pain medications, removing her life support, and ensuring she passes peacefully.
And so that’s what the family did…
“She took about 4 or fiv5e breaths after that and she passed away right there within a matter of minutes,” her son said.
“I would just wish (unvaccinated people) would read the story of my mom, what we as a family went through and see if that’s something they want to put their loved ones through because I can probably assure you that it’s not,” he finished.
Rest in Peace Candace Ayres.