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Dad Regrets Not Getting Vaccinated, Makes Heartbreaking Request For Daughter's Wedding In Case He Dies

Dad Regrets Not Getting Vaccinated, Makes Heartbreaking Request For Daughter's Wedding In Case He Dies

Although he hopes that he has overcome any fatal outcomes following a very scary stretch, Travis Campbell felt the need to make some arrangements in case he passed away. 

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A father, who is left fighting for his life, wants everyone to know about his battle with COVID-19. If anything, Travis Campbell regrets not getting vaccinated and has since been struggling to send a message about his condition at a Virginia hospital. Although he hopes that he has overcome any fatal outcomes following a very scary stretch, Campbell felt the need to make some arrangements in case he passed away. 

According to CNN, Campbell has been hospitalized in Bristol since late July. Lying in his room, the father of several kids has been recording a video diary of sorts, documenting his scary, rollercoaster-like journey filled with declines and improvements. Between breaths of supplemental oxygen through an oxygen mask, he said "I messed up big time, guys," in a video posted on Facebook on Wednesday, August 4. 



 

"I didn't get the vaccine ... I made a mistake, I admit it," he added. In the first couple of videos that Campbell posted in July, he could be heard describing his illness in full, uninterrupted sentences. However, by the end of the month, July 31, he was only able to speak a few words at a time between difficult breaths. On Tuesday, August 3, he was lying in bed struggling to talk about whether he and his wife would let the hospital staff place him on a ventilator should such his condition become critical. 

The following night turned out to be the darkest one in his life, as he recalled an extremely difficult thought that came to him: He may not be alive to see his 19-year-old daughter get married, whenever that happens. "I had to make a phone call (Tuesday night) to my 14-year-old son ... and I had to ask for his permission that if I didn't come home, that he would give my daughter away," on her big day, shared Campbell in the heartbreaking video. 



 

During an interview with CNN from his hospital bed, Campbell and his wife, Kellie, detailed how coronavirus terribly affected their family this summer, a time when the country has been struggling with the rise in coronavirus cases following the dominance of the highly contagious Delta variant. They also opened up about their initial decision to not get vaccinated. Kellie and their children first contracted the virus and all of them, excluding one, had symptoms like fever, cough, and dizziness. 

"We're all on the mend. We didn't have as severe symptoms as Travis," explained Kellie while speaking to CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday night. When asked why the Campbells chose not to get vaccinated, the father said, "In early 2020, our daughter's basketball team, they all got sick. They had the same symptoms as Covid. So when Covid came up, everybody kind of automatically assumed that we had already had" the disease." So as the cases began declining by spring, "we just thought we had beat our odds," he said.



 

Now Campbell did not clarify whether he had confirmed the family had in fact contracted the disease in 2020 or not. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the public get vaccinated regardless of whether they have contracted the disease. A study published on Friday by CDC suggested that people who got Covid-19 in 2020 and didn't get their vaccines, were more than twice as likely to get reinfected in May or June 2021, as compared to people who contracted the illness but were administered the vaccines. 

Another part of his decision to not get vaccinated was that the family lived in a rural part of Virginia where they didn't feel they interacted with enough people to be at risk of being exposed to the virus. But now, Campbell regrets the decision and so he is urging others to get the shots. "I can't breathe. I'm drowning. I feel like I'm a fish out of water," he said. "It was my fault. I should have took my kids and my wife and went ahead and got vaccinated anyway. But I'm paying the price."



 

He also had a message for people who were still debating whether or not they should get the vaccine shots: "And I just tell everybody and anybody: If you're on the fence, I want you to take a very sharp evaluation of what your life means to you. And go get vaccinated, please, please." Campbell, who is doing relatively better now, added, "Vaccinations are so important, and I can do better as a parent, as a human, and I hope to God everybody else can, too."



 

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