'It's Too Late': Alabama Doctor Speaks On Dying Unvaccinated COVID Patients
Dr. Brytney Cobia, a physician at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, recently shared an emotional post about people who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Dr. Cobia, all but one of her COVID-infected patients have been vaccinated, and that person is expected to make a full recovery. The others are dying.
The doctor took to Facebook to tell the world the story of how she is currently admitting more and more young people on a daily basis, folks who refuse to get vaccinated.
FULL OF REGRET
However, after coming to the realization that they are on the brink of death, while they are being intubated even, they beg Dr. Cobia for the vaccine. Sadly, her reply is heartbreaking.
Dr. Cobia said that in those moments when the patients come to the conclusion that they are closer than ever to dying, all she can do for them is hold their hand and tell them: "I'm sorry, but it's too late."
The three COVID-19 vaccines have been available in Alabama for months, and yet only around 33.7 percent of its residents have been fully vaccinated.
The state actually comes last in the nation in vaccination rate, and Dr. Cobia is urging people of all ages to get vaccinated as soon as possible, recalling how many unvaccinated patients have died so far. She said:
"A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.”
WHY PATIENTS DON'T GET VACCINATED
Dr. Cobia, a mother-of-two, said that after losing someone, relatives lament their choice and tell her that they thought it was all a hoax and that it came down to politics.
The physician explained that a lot of her patients thought they would be protected against the virus because they had "a certain blood type or a certain skin color," so they wouldn't get sick.
During an interview with AL.com, Dr. Cobia revealed that she too got recently infected despite wearing masks 100 percent of the time at work. She was 27 weeks pregnant at the time.
In order to guarantee her baby's safety, he was delivered early. Dr. Cobia's symptoms were mild, and the infant didn't suffer any serious complications.
Although the peak of the pandemic was in December 2020 and January 2021, the doctor is very concerned about the future, especially due to the upcoming school year. She said:
"All these kids are about to go back to school. No mask mandates are in place at all, 70% of Alabama is unvaccinated. Of course, no kids are vaccinated for the most part because they can’t be."
While she understands that many people choose not to be vaccinated due to misinformation from what they read online, she urges them to consult their primary physician and ask for their opinion.
A HELPING HAND
Just like Dr. Cobia, a 14-year-old boy named Benjamin Kagan has been urging people to get vaccinated and even created a Facebook group to help those in need.
The group, Chicago Vaccine Angels, is a gathering point for those willing to donate their time and help sign up those seeking to get one of the three available vaccines.
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