USA TODAY – A Florida man died from COVID-19 just 20 minutes before his first grandchild was born.
Shane O’Neal, 40, died from COVID-19 at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 3. His daughter, Kylie Dean, gave birth to her son, Preston, at 3:49 a.m. the same morning.
Dean, an ICU nurse, told USA TODAY that her father was “super excited” about the birth of his first grandchild.
But her father tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was hospitalized for his symptoms.
Dean said her father was not vaccinated against COVID-19, but he was scheduled to receive his inoculation the same week he tested positive for the virus.
O’Neal was still in the hospital when Dean, who also lives in the Jacksonville area, went into labor this month.
She told USA TODAY that her father’s doctor called her at approximately 3 a.m. on the morning she gave birth, while she was surrounded by her husband and family and friends:
“He was like ‘I’m really sorry to tell you this right now, but your father just, despite all efforts, he’s basically not going to make it.
“I broke down and was literally sobbing. And my family and friends are standing at my window, watching me just literally break. That’s probably the best way to describe it. I felt broken.” … READ MORE.