Raw Story: As Covid-19 cases surge in parts of the country with low vaccination rates, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, stories of unvaccinated Americans expressing deep regrets from their deathbeds are spreading across social media, with healthcare workers facing the excruciating task of telling some patients that it’s too late to help them.
On Friday CNN reported the story of Travis Campbell, who has been in a hospital in Virginia for two weeks battling Covid-19—which has caused him to develop pneumonia and left him with a partially collapsed lung—after putting off getting vaccinated not because of stubborn “vaccine hesitancy,” but due to a move and knee surgery.
“I messed up big time, you guys—I didn’t get the vaccine,” 43-year-old Campbell said in a video he posted to Facebook on Wednesday in hopes of convincing people in his circle to get vaccinated.
Campbell’s story follows that of Micheal Freedy, who was not opposed to vaccination in general but wanted to wait until the vaccines had been available for a year to ensure they were safe, and who texted his fiancee, “I should have gotten the damn vaccine” from an intensive care unit in a Las Vegas hospital last month before succumbing to the illness.
Campbell’s illness and Freedy’s death are just two illustrations of the crises healthcare workers are coping with in areas with low vaccination rates, particularly across the South.