Anti-vax mother who lost a child to covid regrets not vaccinating.
Curt Carpenter's final words to his mother after rejecting the jab and succumbing to covid were, "This is not a hoax, this is real."
A mother in the United States is urging people to get vaccinated following the death of her 28-year-old son, who believed covid was a hoax.
Christy Carpenter of Alabama was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 5 along with her adult children Cayla and Curt Carpenter.
The family, who had opted out of the vaccine due to concerns about its "rapid" production, initially experienced only mild covid symptoms.
“Other vaccines took years to develop, but the coronavirus vaccine was developed very quickly,” Christy told The Washington Post.
“That made us a little uneasy.”
However, within a week of their coronavirus diagnosis, both Christy and Curt developed severe illness and were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were diagnosed with pneumonia.
Curt was placed on a ventilator and died on May 2 after a two-month battle with coronavirus complications that included a collapsed lung and organs shutting down.
Curt's final words before being ventilated, according to Christy, were: "This is not a hoax; this is real."
“It's extremely difficult, even more so when it's a young person with no known health problems,” she told local newspaper The Montgomery Advertiser of her son's death.
That is the effect covid has on the body. It is a heinous, heinous, heinous illness.”
Christy believes Curt would now want her to warn others about the dangers of coronavirus, and she and her daughter Cayla are now determined to get people vaccinated.
Christy continues to struggle with the aftereffects of covid, including brain fog, fatigue, and hair loss.
“It took my son's death and my own experience with covid for us to realize we needed the vaccine,” Christy told the Post.
“We chose not to get vaccinated when we had the chance and regret it tremendously now.”
Unvaccinated individuals account for the majority of Covid deaths and hospitalizations.
While no vaccine can guarantee complete protection against an illness, vaccination has been shown to reduce hospitalization and death rates associated with covid.
In the United States, where adults are fully vaccinated against coronavirus at a rate of 49 percent, the vast majority of severe coronavirus cases occur in those who have not received the vaccine.
According to health statistics reported by the New York Post, Americans account for 99.5 percent of covid deaths and 97 percent of hospitalizations.
Curt's tragic story is the latest in a string of unvaccinated covid deaths that has garnered national attention.
Earlier this month, Tricia Jones' mother spoke out following her daughter's death from coronavirus in June.
Deborah Carmichael told local news station Fox 4 that Ms Jones was hesitant to receive the vaccine but regretted it on her deathbed.
Fernanda Vega died on July 13 from covid infection and a blood clot in her lungs.
The 47-year-old former healthcare worker and her family, who live in the United States of America's state of Arizona, were unvaccinated due to concerns about vaccine side effects, her husband Ysmael Vega said.