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COVID-19 puts teens’ parents ahead of vacation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Losing a loved one is never easy, but for Allison Brady, COVID-19 has made that loss almost unimaginable.

The 17-year-old thinks her worst fears have come true when she and her parents both contract coronavirus. Then the nightmare came not once, but twice.

“My mother was the first to get sick,” Allison said in retrospect, struggling to find the date and time. Allison recalls eight days before her 17th birthday when her world was turned upside down.

“It was just very scary. It just doesn’t seem real,” Allison said.

Her mother, Kimberly, works as a hair stylist and has been in and out of the hospital battling diabetes as it progresses. Upon moving to an assisted living facility, Kimberly Brady was among the first to receive the high-risk vaccine last fall.

After being diagnosed with COVID-19 on September 19, her condition rapidly deteriorated.

Allison watched doctors remove her mother from life support on Tuesday, September 21. Six days later, her father, Jim, was diagnosed.

“Her funeral was on Monday morning [Sept. 27]”Sunday night he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, and Monday morning my father passed away from COVID,” said Allison, piecing together when her father fell ill.

He died two months before the holidays.

A few days before Thanksgiving, Allison tearfully predicted that the holidays would be “very, very difficult.”

Allison’s father recently started vaccinations so he can visit his wife at the nursing facility. His sister, Mimi DeWine, said he died 12 hours after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.

“He can’t live without Kimberly,” DeWine cried. “Six days. He only lasted six days. He just couldn’t do it without her.” She was told that her brother had died of a broken heart.

Allison was unable to attend her mother’s funeral because she was still ill.

“I couldn’t even get up and go downstairs,” Allison said. “I’m out of breath, I don’t want to eat, I don’t want to drink, I don’t want to do anything. Just feeling really weak. ”

Allison fears for her own end, saying she considers her life a risk.

“I think that every day,” she said.

Sitting side by side on the couch in the Washington Courthouse home in DeWine, Allison and her aunt describe their relationship as even more special now.

“I had nowhere to live at the time, and then she… I would start crying,” Allison said in an emotional voice.

“I don’t question that,” DeWine said. “Before she went to the hospital, I said she would come with me.”

Kimberly and Jim Brady’s wedding rings lay on the coffee table as Allison and DeWine share their favorite memories and some of the hardest.

“November 8” [1988] was when our mom passed away, and he texted me every year,” DeWine said of his brother. “I have not received a single text this year. It was peaceful.”

The rings are a reminder of two lives ending too soon.

“It was really tough,” Allison said of the past two months. “I guess you’ll get through it day by day.”

On the virus, Allison added, “It’s real. Be safe. Look what happened to me. It’s not something fun to go through, so really try to be safe.”

https://kfor.com/news/u-s-world/covid-19-takes-teens-parents-ahead-of-the-holidays/ COVID-19 puts teens’ parents ahead of vacation

JACLYN DIAZ

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