Unvaccinated 28-Year-Old Husband Dies of COVID, Wife Survives Because She Had Vaccine

A 28-year-old man who did not get vaccinated after reading conspiracy theories online urged others not to make the same mistake before he died of COVID-19 over the weekend.

Braderick Wright died Saturday night after he was admitted to an Atlanta hospital on July 30.

Both he and his widow, 25-year-old Brittany Wright, became unwell after contracting COVID last month.

However, Brittany Wright survived because she had already received one vaccine dose, doctors said. She is set to get her second shot soon.

The widow said her husband was hesitant to get the vaccine because of conspiracy theories he read online. "He was deep into TikTok conspiracy theories and, for him, he just didn't want to get [the shot]," Wright told WSBTV. "He didn't trust the government."

After becoming sick, Brittany Wright said her husband changed his mind about the vaccine but it was too late. Instead, she said he wanted to make sure others didn't make the same mistake.

"That is his message: 'Get the vaccine. Because I would hate for people to be like me,'" Brittany Wright said.

On Saturday, August 7, Braderick Wright was intubated and he was able to speak with his wife one last time.

"He told me he didn't want to lose me. I told him I didn't want to lose him," Brittany Wright said. "I told him I loved him."

A few hours after their last conversation, Braderick Wright's heart stopped. His widow said he did have some preexisting health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, but she didn't think he would die so young.

"I'm 25. And I mean, I never expected to be a widow at the age of 25," his widow said. "I expected us to grow old together, have kids, have grandchildren and just live the life, you know? But sadly, here I am today, planning his funeral."

"My husband was really, really goofy. He had an understanding life is always an adventure. We had trips planned, and now I don't know what to do. He was literally the light of my world and that light is gone."

Last week, a COVID-19 patient made an impassioned plea from her hospital bed, admitting that she "was wrong not to get vaccinated" and urged others not to make the same mistake.

"I was wrong not to get vaccinated. Now I am hospitalized and I have been very ill because of COVID," Maria Paola Grisafi, 56, said from the Ribera hospital in Agrigento, on the Italian island of Sicily.

Grisafi, who was wearing an oxygen mask, explained that she, like the other patients surrounding her in the COVID ward, had decided not to get the vaccine. "We were all wrong. Go immediately and vaccinate," she said.

Vaccine hesitancy remains a major issue in the U.S., even as about half of the population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Cases are also continuing to rise as the Delta variant, first identified at the end of last year, spreads. The strain has spread faster than any previous variant of COVID-19. It has driven up infection rates in every state of the U.S., prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to once again recommend universal mask-wearing.

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File photo: A patient infected with COVID-19 remains connected to an artificial respirator at the Intensive Care Unit. MARVIN RECINOS/Getty Images