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A Kentucky man is mourning the loss of his 29-year-old fiancé, as he committed suicide due to a COVID-19 infection that has irreversibly damaged his lungs, before spending the day of his planned wedding on a ventilator. Had given.


Samantha Wendell graduated from college before starting her new job as a surgical technologist. She was engaged to the love of her life, 29-year-old Austin Esque.

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Askew said her fiancé began feeling ill after returning from a bachelorette trip in late July.

“She came back on Sunday, the symptoms started late Monday, Monday night, and then progressed from there,” Askew told Granthshala TV stations.

Austin esque and fiancé Samantha Wendell. (Austin-esque)

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According to Askew, Wendell started with a mild cough, which would get worse as the day progressed. The very next day, not only had her cough worsened—she broke out into hives.

“She broke out in stress hives before because of all the stress of wedding planning and everything that’s going on. She’s had it before and she thought this was it, but I told her, ‘You know, Just to put it out there, if your work tests, see if they’ll allow you to test,'” Askew said.

Wendell ended up testing positive for COVID-19, and according to Askew, of the 11 women who attended the bachelorette party, she was the only woman to be infected. Askew also got infected with COVID-19, but said he only had high fever and was back to normal in a few days.

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Wendell and Askew had scheduled appointments on August 21 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of their upcoming wedding, but after Wendell was infected, their plans were derailed.

Askew said the reason he had not been vaccinated earlier was the spread of misinformation about the shots. While he said he wasn’t entirely sure where Wendell might have seen it, Askew said his fiancée was hesitant after seeing women lose their fertility after seeing false claims about the COVID-19 vaccine. Was.

One of the most common misleading rumors about COVID-19 Vaccination will it affect fertility, which experts say is not based on fact and has been debunked time and again. The false report is believed to have first surfaced on social media and contained false information about the spike protein linked to the coronavirus.

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False information claimed that the spike protein was similar to another spike protein called syncytin-1, which is involved in the development and attachment of the placenta during pregnancy. Rumor claimed that the vaccine would cause a woman’s body to fight off the spike protein, which would affect fertility.

“The two spike proteins are completely different, and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the fertility of women who are seeking to become pregnant, including through in vitro fertilization methods,” Johns Hopkins Medicine specialist Dr. Andrew Satin and Jean Sheffield told Granthshala News in May.

Satin, director of gynecology and obstetrics and Sheffield, director of maternal-fetal medicine, pointed to Pfizer-BioNtech’s trial data as further evidence. During the clinical trial, 23 female volunteers became pregnant, and the only woman to suffer pregnancy loss was in the placebo group.

their findings resonate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which currently states that “there is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems – problems trying to get pregnant.”


Samantha Wendell. (Austin-esque)

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“At one time, I believe it came from a friend of hers to be honest, it may have been something she saw on Facebook because it used to pop up everywhere out there, but it’s reproduction It was about a loss of capacity. We wanted to have a family so we were hesitant at first,” Esque said.

But due to the rise in cases of the Delta variant, the engaged couple didn’t want to jeopardize their pending marriage, so they decided to go ahead with their plan to get vaccinated by scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

But then Wendell got sick. According to Askew, he was admitted to the hospital on August 9.

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“It really wasn’t nearly that hard for me, but she had a persistent cough, so she was finding it hard to catch her breath, so we decided it was time to go and just get it checked out,” Escu said.

When Wendell arrived at the hospital, health care workers found his oxygen level was dangerously low, so they admitted him for overnight monitoring. According to Askew, it wasn’t until a day later that doctors diagnosed Wendell with bilateral pneumonia.

Wendell was later shifted to a larger hospital, where doctors resorted to putting him on a ventilator after his condition deteriorated.


Austin esque and fiancé Samantha Wendell. (Austin-esque)

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“She started having panic attacks that whole week, and then came 16th, she was getting so much oxygen that she was losing a lot of oxygen from it, so they had to put her on a ventilator,” Escu said.

The pair were able to cope with each other with the help of hospital staff because Askew was not allowed to be in the room with her fiancée, causing her even more stress and anxiety.

“Then they started doing FaceTime, which was great, I mean, obviously she couldn’t talk back, but just to be able to see her and talk to her, I did what I could. Tried it,” said Askew.

Eventually, Askew is allowed to visit Wendell at the hospital for a short time. When Wendell finally tested negative for COVID-19, his family and fiancé were able to adhere to normal visitation hours.

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Askew and Wendell’s parents made a schedule to ensure that someone was with Wendell for most of his hospital stay, hoping to provide some comfort during this uncertain and frightening time.

According to Askew, on September 6, doctors told the families of Askew and Wendell that she would likely survive her battle with the virus and seemed optimistic. But just a few days later on September 9, doctors did a CT scan to see how Wendell was progressing and found that he had scars all over his lungs.

“On Thursday, they did a CT scan and she had scars all over her lungs and she was still suffering from pneumonia. And at that point there was no chance of her survival,” Esquire said.

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After receiving the devastating news, Askew said that on September 10 the ventilator was removed and Wendell passed away.

“He allowed us to be in the room, so I kept him until the last one,” Esque said.

Askew has nothing but memories of her late fiancé, saying she was “very caring” and “loved being around people.”

“She didn’t know any strangers, everyone was her friend or they were going to be her friend,” Esque said with a smile. “She loved her animals and she loved taking care of anyone’s animals, she loved her job, absolutely loved her job. In any waking moment she would say something about it.” She was trying to do whatever she could for her job.”


Samantha Wendell. (Austin-esque)

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Askew said that while he’s not one to preach about whether or not to get a COVID-19 vaccine, he sees no reason to discontinue it if someone is “on the fence” about getting it.

“Those who are on the fence, especially if they’re in the same position as I was, but if someone’s on the fence, and doesn’t really care about one way or the other, why turn it off,” Esque said.

Wendell was laid to rest on 18 September.

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Austin esque and fiancé Samantha Wendell. (Austin-esque)

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Several studies have been released over the past months that have found evidence that COVID-19 vaccines offer high rates of protection against serious illness and death from the novel coronavirus.

Despite some data showing that protection from COVID-19 vaccines is reduced under the delta version, health experts say the protection against hospitalization and death they provide is still substantial. Similar data is reflected in successful cases of COVID-19.

A breakthrough case, while rare, is when a person who is fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus still becomes infected.

according to DOCDC to Etah Of the successful COVID-19 cases, less than 1% of people who have contracted the novel coronavirus have either been hospitalized or died despite being vaccinated.

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Although hospitalizations and deaths from infection with COVID-19 may be rare cases, the data highlights how uncommon such cases are.

As of September 13, the CDC reported that 178 million Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19. Of those vaccinated in the same time frame, 3,040 patients died due to infection and 12,750 were hospitalized.

The majority of successful COVID-19 cases resulting in hospitalization or death were in elderly people, of whom 43% were women.

The CDC wrote on its website, “Vaccine success cases occur in only a small percentage of people who are vaccinated. To date, no unexpected patterns have been identified in people with reported vaccine breakthrough infections.” in terms of demographics or vaccine characteristics.”

Granthshala News and Austin Williams contributed to this report. This story was reported outside of Los Angeles.