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After spending wedding on ventilator, unvaccinated bride-to-be dies of COVID-19

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On Sept. 10, 29-year-old Samantha Wendell passed away after suffering from COVID-19 bilateral pneumonia. The Kentucky woman was admitted into a hospital on Aug. 9 and never left. Wendell was set to be married on Aug. 21 to Austin Eskew. Instead, Wendell spent that day intubated on a ventilator. The two had been engaged since 2019. Wendell was a surgical technician in Grand Rivers and the wedding was to take place at the same Illinois church where her parents had been married. Wendell’s family held her funeral at the church a few days after she passed.

Even more tragically, both Wendell and her fiancé were set to be immunized against COVID-19 shortly before their wedding day. Eskew told reporters that he and Wendell had hesitated and put off getting vaccinated against the virus because of misinformation concerning vaccines and fertility loss in women. "At one point in time, I believe it came from one of her friends to be honest, it could have been something she saw on Facebook because it pops up everywhere on there, but it was about fertility loss. We wanted to have a family. That’s why we were hesitant at first.”


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