It took watching my son die and me suffering the effects of covid for us to realize we need the vaccine. We did not get vaccinated when we had the opportunity and regret that so much now. — Christy Carpenter, Alabama mother who lost her son to covid
It took watching my son die and me suffering the effects of covid for us to realize we need the vaccine. We did not get vaccinated when we had the opportunity and regret that so much now. — Christy Carpenter, Alabama mother who lost her son to covid
An Alabama mother who lost her son to covid says not getting the vaccine is her biggest regret
“It took watching my son die and me suffering the effects of covid for us to realize we need the vaccine,” the mother said. “We did not get vaccinated when we had the opportunity and regret that so much now.”

Although for her it will always be impossible to understand the reason for Curt’s passing, Carpenter said she is determined to not let her son’s death be futile.

“If Curt were here today, he would make it his mission to encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” Carpenter said. “Cayla, his sister, and I are carrying out that mission in his memory.”


... Curt Carpenter was a young and otherwise healthy man. While at home, his mother said, he would spoil her with the “best hugs” and a daily dosage of kindness. Curt was autistic, and Christy Carpenter said he “lived life to the fullest” and had a passion for all things PokΓ©mon, trains, video games and frogs.

The pandemic dealt a big blow to the tightknit Carpenter family on March 5, when Curt, his younger sister and his mother were diagnosed with the virus, which has claimed about 610,000 lives across the nation.

At first, the three experienced mild symptoms that slowly began to alleviate. Then, a week later, everything took a turn for the worse.

When their oxygen saturation levels dropped dangerously, the mother and son were rushed to Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham. A day later, they both developed pneumonia, and Curt Carpenter was put on a ventilator.

The constantly changing oxygen levels paired with a pneumothorax — a collapsed lung — were too much for Curt Carpenter’s body. His organs began shutting down. He was declared dead May 2.

His last uttered phrase is still etched in Christy Carpenter’s mind: “This is not a hoax, this is real,” Curt said, according to his mother.
Read the full article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/26/covid-vaccine-regrets/