Father of 5 Passed Away After Refusing to Get Vaccinated Receives $70K + in Donations

A Michigan father of five has passed away from COVID-19 a few weeks after deciding not to get vaccinated. Antwone Rivers wife now says she regrets it and is now encouraging others to get their vaccination. Rivers, 39, started experiencing symptoms in April. He and his wife, Hollie Rivers, tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after.

“I know that it was like a week into us having Covid he started feeling worse and I started feeling better,” Hollie told Fox 32 Chicago.

Rivers was taken to the hospital, and put on a ventilator. His condition worsened and his organs, except his liver shut down. Rivers didn’t have any known underlying medical condition, passed away after a month of battle to COVID. Hollie says they observed health protocols such as wearing masks and social distancing. However, they decided not to get vaccinated as they aren’t comfortable. Hollie says if they go back they would have gotten vaccinated.

“It was funny because two weeks prior to this happening — we were talking about it more saying maybe we should get vaccinated and now it’s like, a big loss for everybody.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help relieve the financial needs of his family after his sudden death. The fund has raised over $70,000 or more.

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