Raw Story: A Houston firefighter who kept putting off vaccination will need new lungs to survive a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.
Firefighters, friends & family gathered at Memorial Hermann Cypress this evening to pray for Houston FF Wayne Davis & Cy-Fair FF Hugo Guevara. Both are battling COVID-19. Wayne talked to his crew in attendance via cell phone. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/wHXt9W1rTd
— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) September 11, 2021
Wayne Davis caught the coronavirus on the job and has been hospitalized since the middle of last month, but his wife has watched his condition worsen knowing the worst symptoms could have been prevented, reported KHOU-TV.
“I was vaccinated and I just kept getting on him to go do it,” said his wife, Caitlin Davis. “He would say, ‘I’ll go do it,’ and kept putting it off. He just never did it.”
Daughter gets special escort to first day of kindergarten as dad, Firefighter Wayne Davis, fights COVID-19. He missed his daughter's first day of kindergarten. But his Houston Fire family stepped in big time. https://t.co/ixmqEdZypm via @KHOU @FireChiefofHFD
— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) August 25, 2021
The father of three remains ICU at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in desperate need of a bilateral lung transplant, and doctors say he won’t survive without new lungs.
“The virus destroyed his lungs,” his wife said. “It’s just been a rollercoaster of emotions day-by-day, wondering if we’re going to get the phone call that he’s passed
Four of Wayne’s colleagues on the fire department have already died from COVID-19, and Caitlin Davis said her husband’s life-threatening infection should serve as a wakeup call to others who’ve been hesitant to get vaccinated.
“Our story shows people that it isn’t just older people,” she said. “It can be your family very easily.”
‘COVID-19 destroyed his lungs’ | HFD firefighter, father of 3, needs transplant to survive