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My father shouldn’t have died from COVID-9

Dear rebels, aka non-mask-wearers,

You know the government made it a rule that we needed to wear masks for a reason. The reason is to protect not only you, but your family as well.

To the rebel that decided that it was not important for them to wear a mask and it was OK for you to put other families at risk, you tore apart my family.

My dad, who had moderate-to-severe hemophilia A, contracted COVID-19 even though he wore a mask to all the places he needed to go. His mom and dad were told he was not going to live past being a teenager. He defied all odds and lived to be 61.

He had a lot of problems in his life but defied those as well. He had blood transfusions, which caused him to have HIV and Hepatitis C. He was able to beat both of those (to the point) he did not have them at all with the help of modern medicine. He also was able to raise his only child, me, pretty much by himself. He was able to meet his grandchildren and be a big part in their lives.

He got sick with bronchitis for some time and then had an allergic reaction to one of the antibiotics. He went to the hospital for extreme pain in his leg due to the antibiotic. They tested him for COVID-19, in which he tested positive. He was life-flighted to a different hospital and put in the ICU.

While in the hospital, they did a CT scan and found that he had two bleeds, one in his back and one in his leg. Later, he was also diagnosed with bleeding in the belly by venous bleeds, which they said were really hard to contain. He continued to bleed so much that they gave him six units of blood. He got to the point where he was combative because of being in so much pain that he refused to let anyone touch him.

I remember how I used to have to tiptoe around the house because he would have a bleed and the vibrations would just hurt him so bad. He was placed on a ventilator and in a coma due to the combativeness and the pain. His body just eventually gave out on him.

This is what you are doing to other families when you do not wear a mask and protect not only yourself but other families as well. My dad was too young to die, but someone who was so inconsiderate to not wear a mask got my dad sick, and he died.

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