COVID-ravaged Oklahoma family after reuniting
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The fourth wave of COVID-19 crept through the Davis family in June.
The family gathered four generations to celebrate Father’s Day, but had no idea the uninvited virus would ravage the family tree.
Fourteen family members went to lunch. Only two were vaccinated.
In the following days, 11 extended family members tested positive for COVID-19 as it spread, including nine who attended that lunch.
Five family members were spared, including the two vaccinated adults.
Steve Davis, 39, was the first to test positive, five days after the onset of his symptoms. He was feeling tired and dehydrated over Father’s Day weekend.
“I really didn’t think it was going to get us, each by one,” he said. “I think I don’t have COVID. I’m sure I don’t have COVID. I think I am young. I have a good immune system. I am ready to go.
After testing positive, his wife, Deanna, 15-year-old twins Andrew and Taylor, and Steve Davis’ 17-year-old son Kameron all tested positive.
Steve Davis’ parents, Stephen and Terese Davis, were later diagnosed.
“They say this Delta strain is 275% faster at attacking your system,” said Stephen Davis, 62, who has always intended to be vaccinated.
“My parents told us that every time we (saw) them. (They) told us to shoot, to shoot, ”said Terese Davis, 54.
Stephen and Terese Davis were hesitant, but they were planning to get shot this summer. COVID-19 got them first.
“I just made sure no one turned into a zombie or anything,” Terese Davis joked. “We wanted to give him six months.
The couple were both hospitalized with complications from COVID-19.
“I couldn’t help anyone else,” Stephen Davis said through tears. “I couldn’t do anything for anyone else. I had to focus on myself to get out of it, and that’s not me.
Stephen Davis was hospitalized for nine days, including three in intensive care.
“Those who survive have been vaccinated, while those who die have not been vaccinated,” said Stephen Davis. “They say it’s almost 100%.”
Stephen and Terese Davis’ daughter Meghan Davis was also at the Father’s Day lunch with boyfriend Josh Afsharpour and their little boys Leighton, 2, and Bentley, 7 months. All four have tested positive.
The delta variant infects young children at a much higher rate than the previous strains.
“I was really scared because there wasn’t much we could do to help (the boys) or help anyone,” said Meghan Davis.
Meanwhile, Steve and Deanna Davis have decided not to go to the hospital. They were struggling to beat COVID-19 at home.
Steve Davis didn’t have the strength to take care of his wife. “It got pretty bad that I couldn’t do anything,” he recalls.
Davis did not realize, in his own pain, that his wife was dying from COVID-19.
Ten days after the diagnosis, Steve Davis finally began to see some improvement in his symptoms. Deanna Davis was still having trouble breathing.
“I told him, I said, ‘If you don’t get better by tomorrow, you will go to the hospital. You didn’t want to go to the hospital, but you go to the hospital, ”he recalls.
That night he found his wife unconscious in their bed. The 911 dispatcher told him he should do CPR on him.
He needed to move her from the bed to the floor, but he didn’t have the strength. He asked his 17-year-old son to help him.
The 911 dispatcher instructed the father and son on how to give chest compressions.
“I couldn’t do it on my own because I had COVID and was pretty weak,” Davis said. “I said to my son, Kameron, ‘You’re going to have to come here and do CPR.'”
In these final moments, Steve Davis tried to bargain with God.
“I said to him, ‘Take my life to let it live.'”
Deanna Davis died on July 4, two weeks after Father’s Day. She was 45 years old.
Carl Jones, 82, and Mary Jameson, 82, were the only two in the family to have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
They believe the blow protected them from the coronavirus as it moved through the whole family.
“We were there at the party,” Jameson recalls. “I hugged little Stephen and Deanna. We sat right in front of them. I really believe in shooting.
Most of the family are now convinced. They say they will get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.
“A lot of people say it’s political or it’s not real. It’s definitely real, ”said Stephen Davis.
The toll of this pandemic weighs heavily on the whole family, but especially for Davis, yet he is not convinced of the protection of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m skeptical about it, myself. At this point, I feel like I’m stuck in a corner where I don’t know whether or not I should. “
Ultimately, the choice will be his.