Dr. Adeline Fagan:
Dr. Adeline Fagan, a 28 year old gynecologist in Houston, had a promising future ahead of her. She was completing her second year of residency as an OB-GYN in Houston.
Adeline had become infected in July while doing a rotation treating coronavirus patients in the emergency room.
Fagan spent the last several weeks on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. She was doing well. Then the family received the news that she was suffering from a ‘massive brain bleed’ and required emergency surgery.
Her family was told that she had a ‘1 in a million’ chance of making it through the procedure. And that even if she survived, she would have several severe cognitive and sensory problems.
‘We spent the remaining minutes hugging, comforting, and talking to Adeline,’ the family wrote. ‘And then the world stopped.’
Jonathan Coelho, 32, died after a brave battle with Covid-19.
His heartbroken wife Katie, 33, said when Jonathan’s phone was returned to her, she turned it on and found a note he’d written the day before he was intubated.
“I love you guys with all my heart and you’ve given me the best life I could have ever asked for.
“I am so lucky it makes me so proud to be your husband and the father to Braedyn and Penny.
“Katie you are the most beautiful caring nurturing person I’ve ever met…..you are truly one of a kind…..make sure you live life with happiness and that same passion that made me fall in love with you.
“Seeing you be the best mom to the kids is the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced.
“Let Braedyn know he’s my best bud and I’m proud to be his father and for all the amazing things he’s done and continues to do.
“Let Penelope know she’s a princess and can have whatever she wants in life.
“I’m so lucky…. ”
Bertha Esteban Diego:
A 25 year old mother in Mesa, Arizona with Covid-19 died while giving birth.
“Everything will be okay. Take care of my son,” were the last words from Bertha Esteban Diego to Gaspar Diego before going into labor and passing away.
Bertha and Gaspar got infected with COVID-19 just two weeks before giving birth to their second child, Daniel Diego. Daniel never got to meet his mother.
Skylar Herbert, the 5 year old daughter of two first responders, died from Covid-19.
She died after spending two weeks on a ventilator in Detroit.
Her mother, LaVondria Herbert, said: “We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped.
“The doctors told us that it was possible she was brain dead. And we basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us.”
Darla Checketts, 57, was a teacher in Utah.
Darla was the mother of 5 children. Checketts had taught for most of her life, even teaching in West Africa through the Peace Corps.
“She’d gone to the doctor the night before, and the doctor gave her some cough stuff. And said: Well you’re not sick enough to put in the hospital. And she died the next morning,” said a friend and fellow teacher.
These are just 5 out of 200,000 Americans that have died in 2020 from Covid-19. And the numbers keep rising every single day.
They were all bright lights that were extinguished long before their time. All had stories. Dreams for the future. Some were children who will never grow up.
So many families have lost someone precious to them.
The richest country in the world failed them. When we should all have joined together, united, we went in different directions. Because this country is, sadly, deeply divided.
And now these stars no longer shine.