Coronavirus: Woman loses entire family to Covid-19 in matter of days

'There’s not even a word created to describe my pain. It’s unimaginable'

Louise Hall
Monday 13 April 2020 15:47
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A Michigan woman has lost her entire immediate family to coronavirus after her husband and son died within days of one another.

Sandy Brown of Grand Blanc told The Detroit News she was in unimaginable pain after she lost both her husband, Freddie Lee Brown Jr and her son Freddie Lee Brown III to Covid-19 in three days.

“There’s not even a word created to describe my pain. It’s unimaginable,” she told the newspaper.

Her husband, who had a kidney transplant in 2012, fell ill in mid-march and was admitted to Ascension Genesys Hospital where he was eventually put on a ventilator, the report said.

He was said to have died three days later, after his lung collapsed as a result of the disease.

According to the report, nurses ordered that Ms Brown should not go into the hospital room but she insisted on going in, dressed in protective gear, to say goodbye.

The day after her husband died, Ms Brown's son, who has asthma, also fell ill with a slight fever and a cough, Ms Brown told the local paper.

Despite early signs of improvement, her only child's condition deteriorated and he also passed away from the virus.

“It was like we both were anticipating getting better again,” she told The Detroit News.

“In three days, I lost my husband and son to an ugly plague,” she said later. “I watched my son go from completely well and whole and happy to being gone in three days.”

The respiratory virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most people but in some cases can cause serious complications that can be fatal.

Despite her contact with her husband and son, Ms Brown has as of yet show no signs of Covid-19, the report said.

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