The man changes his mind about vaccines after fighting COVID-19
The man changes his mind about vaccines after fighting COVID-19

The man changes his mind about vaccines after fighting COVID-19

CARROLL COUNTY, Md. (WBAL) – While more and more people are being vaccinated, there are still a significant number of people who refuse to get the vaccine. But some people change their minds eventually.

Brent Whalen, 54, changed his mind about the vaccine after spending 35 days at the Carroll Hospital Center with COVID-19, including six days in the critical ward.

“You’re facing your own mortality. It’s right there – you just do not know if you can go on for five or 10 more minutes,” Whalen described.

In the days leading up to his diagnosis, Whalen played golf and moved his daughter into his dorm room.

When he was offered concert tickets that required a vaccine or negative test, he decided to get shot.

“I thought it was like some kind of conspiracy; that 10 years from now, one hundred million Americans will die of some form of rare disease because of the long-term studies that have not been there, as far as what the vaccine would do, ”Whalen said.

One day after getting the J&J vaccine, Whalen was not feeling well and thought it was side effects from the vaccine, but then it went downhill.

“When I got to Express Care, I was so sick that they actually called the ambulance right from there,” he said. “When your lungs shut down, it’s not gradual … I’m like all of a sudden I can not breathe.”

The whale was put on oxygen and in a supine position, saying he thought he was going to die.

The hospital called his sister to make sure he had a will and that his relationship was in order.

“It’s so hard when you’re lying there and you do not know what’s going to happen and your nurses tell you your numbers are not getting better,” Whalen said.

Whalen says he kept thinking about his daughter and how he could not leave her.

He is feeling much better now, but says his lungs are permanently scarred. He does respiratory therapy at home.

“Learn the facts, weigh the consequences, because what I’m telling people is that there may be some long-term effects along the way, but I know this virus will kill you now and you will not have down the road,” he said. Whalen.

The whale is no longer an anti-waxer and asks those who do not want to be vaccinated or wear masks to take themselves out of the equation.

“Think of the people who depend on you and love you and care about you, and think about what would happen if you were not here. That’s the message,” he said.

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