COVID Survivor Returns Home From Hospital to Find Unvaccinated Husband Dead From Virus

A Florida woman who was hospitalized with COVID returned home following treatment to find that her husband had died after also contracting the virus, amid a surge in cases in the state caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Lisa Steadman, from Polk County, Florida, told Fox 13 on Wednesday that both she and her husband Ron Steadman had been diagnosed with COVID around 10 days before his death, with his symptoms not severe enough to be hospitalized.

While Ron Steadman was at the couple's home recuperating with medication, Lisa Steadman was transferred to Winter Haven Hospital and was treated for COVID symptoms for around a week at the medical facility.

She told the local outlet that her symptoms were severe, saying: "I thought I was going to die. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't stop throwing up," and added: "It is like you don't have no bones in your body. You can't move. You're just that weak."

Lisa Steadman said that she spoke to her husband while in hospital, with him telling her that his phone was struggling to charge and her calls eventually stopped going through to him.

She asked the local police to check on him after she could not get in contact, but they informed her that he was okay when they visited the home.

However, just two days later when she was discharged from the hospital, Lisa Steadman returned home to find her husband dead, telling Fox 13 that "it was like walking into a horror film, and I wish I had never seen him like that because I can't get that picture out of my head."

Lisa Steadman said that she was informed that her husband died of COVID, and she told the outlet that neither of them were vaccinated, but confirmed that she planned to get the shot now.

There have been multiple reports over the last two months of unvaccinated people in the U.S. dying after contracting COVID, with several of them urging others to get the shot while hospitalized with the virus.

Studies have shown that being vaccinated offers the greatest protection against COVID compared to having been infected by the virus previously, as breakthrough cases in the U.S. are rare.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Pfizer COVID vaccine had been given a full approval from the agency, while the other available shots are expected to be formally approved by the end of the year.

Following the FDA's announcement, President Joe Biden urged businesses to require their employees to get vaccinated, saying: "If you're a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that requiring."

Florida has been badly affected by rising COVID cases and hospitalizations over the last two months, as the state has reported record figures for the pandemic several times in recent weeks.

The state recorded 26,203 new cases on Wednesday, giving Florida a seven-day average of 21,673, while it reported an average over the last week of 228 deaths a day from COVID.

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A Houston Fire Department EMS medics disinfect a stretcher after delivering a patient to a Covid-19 overflow area at Memorial Herman Northeast Hospital on August 19, 2021 in Houston, Texas. A Florida woman who was hospitalized with COVID returned home from the medical facility following treatment to find that her husband had died after also contracting the virus, amid a surge in cases in the state caused by the highly contagious Delta variant. John Moore/Getty Images