Macon woman who lost daughter to COVID-19 calls for vaccination
Macon woman who lost daughter to COVID-19 calls for vaccination

Macon woman who lost daughter to COVID-19 calls for vaccination

Nayneshia was 32 years old and 6 months pregnant when she died. Her baby survived.

MACON, Ga. – Summer is just around the corner, and although many places and events are open again, COVID-19 is still spreading.

Valerie Johnson’s life changed when her daughter Nayneshia Jne Johnson called her in September 2021.

“She called me and she said, ‘Mom, I’m coming to Macon’s hospital because something’s wrong. I’m not feeling well. “When she got to the medical center, she found out she had COVID and she never got home,” Valerie said.

Nurses and doctors cared for Nayneshia for three weeks. It was the first time she had COVID-19. Nayneshia was 32 years old and 6 months pregnant when she died.

“They ended up having to give birth to the baby,” Valerie said.

According to the Atrium Health Navicent Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Sandy Duke, COVID-19 admissions are down, but the virus is not gone.

“Now is the time to get your vaccine to protect yourself and your family from COVID and the spread of COVID and to eliminate the risk of serious outbreaks,” said Dr. Duke.

He says Georgia sees about four times as many cases as a month ago, from 300 cases a day in April to 1,200.

“We have many more home tests, antigen tests. You can get free antigen tests from the government, and so those numbers probably dramatically underestimate the cases of COVID-19 we see in society,” Duke said.

Duke asks you to get vaccinated, especially prior to any summer trip.

“This is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated. What we see to a great extent in those who are hospitalized and who have complications of COVID is the unvaccinated,” said Dr. Duke.

Valerie says she repeatedly asked Nayneshia to get vaccinated, but she never did.

“She was very caring for everyone, but she was very firm. She was very firm in what she believed in. She said, ‘Mom, I do not want the vaccine.’ I said, ‘Nesha, you must realize that you do not breathe only for yourself, ‘said Valerie.

Valerie is now raising two grandchildren in hopes of changing one person’s opinion about the vaccine.

“I want to tell someone. Please get the vaccine. Because I lost my baby and it’s hard to lose a baby,” Valerie said.

Nayneshia says her daughter is giving birth to a healthy son who is now 8 months old. His name is Legend. She leaves a total of five children.

Valerie also said she hopes to one day start an organization “to recognize the little child who was left behind who has lost their mother or father to COVID, especially pregnant parents.”

Last week, the FDA and CDC expanded their recommendation and eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 5 to 11.

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