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My father’s first symptoms started on April 10, 2020 with a strong headache. It then progress to anxiety and gastro symptoms (stomach pain, nauseous). Because my father had a history of anxiety and depression which those started after 9/11. This was all under control, but we initially though his not well-being was due to this as he was showing similar symptoms. After having multiple tele calls with his doctor of many many years, on Wednesday April 22 he started showing symptoms of breathing distress. The same day he was admitted to ER and was in ICU. After 5 days on oxygen mask, and even progressing to getting moved to a less ICU severity level, he started showing breathing distress again on Sunday April 26, and on this same afternoon he was put on a ventilator. He came off the ventilator on Friday May 8, and for three days he was on bipap oxygen mask. Early morning of Monday May 11 for the second time he was put back on the ventilator as his oxygen levels were not keeping up. After 7 days on the ventilator, my great and amazing father gain his wings on Sunday May 17, 2020. He was and still is the patriarch of our entire family. “Your wings were ready, but our hearts our not.”

Ricky Martinez, Illinois 

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