Husband Wasn't Allowed near Wife of 21 Years Battling COVID-19 and Said Last Goodbye via Text
A husband recently lost his wife to the novel coronavirus disease after being married for 21 years. The saddest thing about their heartbreaking story is that he didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye properly.
Kris Houser lost his wife, Brandy Houser, 41, this month after she succumbed to her battle with the novel coronavirus disease. She passed away from the virus on November 13, 2020, even though she appeared to be getting better in her later days.
Kris and Brandy, a Modesto, California hospice care consultant, both tested positive for COVID-19 in late October 2020. According to her husband, Brandy had dedicated her career to assisting people in navigating the hospice care system.
Amid the pandemic, the late consultant made sure to wear a face mask and took all the necessary precautions to keep safe. She had been working as a consultant for almost 10 years when she passed away.
When she and her husband tested positive for the virus, Kris didn’t have any hectic symptoms. However, Brandy got so bad that a few days later she had to be taken to the Modesto intensive care unit by ambulance.
The late consultant needed special care as she struggled to breathe, gasping for air. Her husband revealed how she’d fought against the disease for ten days, trying to get better.
On November 12, 2020, Brandy appeared to be getting better and was taken off a ventilator. She was even well enough to post about her health progress on her Facebook account and it seemed she was going to survive.
Kris noted how she had a “great day” on that Thursday and the following Friday morning; before she suddenly passed away. Her husband was speaking up about his loss in the hopes that other families won’t have to go through what she did.
He paid tribute to her by recalling how amazing she was as a partner and friend. Kris confessed that his wife had been the type of person who would do anything in her power to make sure others are taken care of.
Sadly for the couple, their very last "I love you" message was over text. Mourning the loss of his wife, Kris lamented how he’d just wanted to be close to her during those last difficult days after being married to Brandy for so long.
He wasn’t allowed to visit with her and could only speak to and see her through a window. The only way they could communicate was through waving at each other and blowing kisses through the window.
Kris is now left to raise their 11-year-old son by himself. He hopes his heartbreaking story will encourage people to wear masks, take the pandemic seriously, and follow the public health guidelines.
All he’s left with now are memories like how she was the life of the party no matter where they went. In another story, Kearston, 16, and her father, Dan Stepenosky, 52, agreed to try out Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Kearston is one of the youngest volunteers to test the vaccine. She explained that she’d allowed herself to be a guinea pig so that the efficiency of the vaccine can be tested for children too and not just adults.
Her father shared that he was very proud of her and revealed that he thought she was awesome. The father-and-daughter pair will be taking part in the research for two years while testing every four months.