A Virginia couple in their 40s refused begging from their family to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they read incorrect information online and died of the disease within two weeks of each other leaving behind five children and a baby grandson.
High school sweethearts Kevin (48) and Misty Mitcham (46) regretted not taking the vaccine just before their deaths, according to their bereaved loved ones.
Misty Mitchum, a medical transcriptor by profession, refused to receive the injection even though she had diabetes.
‘He called me [from the hospital] And she said, “Mom, I love you and I wish I could,” Kevin’s mother, Terry Mitcham, told NBC Washington.
‘Of course I told him,’ It’s over. You can do nothing about it. ‘
The couple left behind their four young children: Riley, 17; Leah, 14; And twins Taylor and Aidan, 11.
Kevin Mitchum had one daughter, Angel, 22, from a previous relationship. Angel is the mother of Lincoln, who turned two in November.
High school sweethearts Kevin (48) and Misty Mitcham (46) of Stafford Rouge, Virginia, regretted not taking the vaccine just before their deaths, according to their bereaved loved ones. Misty died September 23 Kevin passed away on October 8
Kevin Mitcham is survived by an adult child from a previous relationship and four young children from his marriage to Misty
Kevin Mitchum (seen sitting in the front) objected to the pleas of his parents, Don and Terry Mitcham (top center and top right), to get vaccinated. Kevin Mitchum had one daughter, Angel (far left), 22, from a previous relationship. Angel is the mother of Lincoln, who turned two in November
After their parents’ deaths, the four young children moved in with her aunt and uncle in South Carolina, according to Kevin’s brother, Mike Mitchum of the county of Spotsilvania, Virginia.
“Our two families turned upside down,” Mike Mitcham told the Richmond Times.
‘The children are the main thing. A son was born to his eldest daughter, and I’m sure she wanted him to get closer with his grandfather, and that would not happen now. ‘
According to Mike Mitchum, Kevin Mitchum developed a cough last month and went to an emergency treatment facility in Stafford County. He was then sent home with cold medicine.
A few days later Kevin Mitchum returned to the emergency facility after feeling unwell, his brother said.
Then tested positive for COVID-19.
Days later, Misty Mitcham, who had diabetes, began to feel unwell. She was then sent to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she was treated for COVID-19.
“Kevin called me on Monday and said, ‘Misty in the hospital,'” said Kevin’s father, Don Mitcham.
According to Mike Mitchum, Kevin Mitchum (above) developed a cough last month and went to an emergency treatment facility in Stafford County. He was then sent home with cold medicine. A few days later Kevin Mitchum returned to the emergency facility after feeling unwell, his brother said
Mike Mitchum announced the death of his brother and sister-in-law in a Facebook post on October 9th
Mike Mitchum has launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding page aimed at raising $ 20,000. As of Sunday, she has raised more than $ 18,000
‘They say she has COVID. They automatically put it on the soul machine that was so bad. ‘
Misty Mitcham’s health condition deteriorated quite quickly. Within days of hospitalization she was unable to breathe on her own and was placed on the ventilator.
Doctors also said that her kidneys function only at 50%.
The next day, Kevin Mitchum was hospitalized at the same hospital. By the time he was taken for treatment, the family had been told that Misty Mitcham might have less than 24 hours to live.
Don Mitcham recalled as soon as he learned that his son was due to be hospitalized.
‘He said,’ Dad, I’m going to the hospital, ” Don Mitcham said.
‘I said,’ Why, Kevin? ”
‘He said,’ I feel bad. ”
The next day, Misty Mitcham died.
“Within five hours she was gone,” Mike Mitcham told the Times.
Misty Mitcham passed away on September 23 – a few days after her symptoms appeared.
‘It really came out of nowhere.’
Since the onset of the epidemic, nearly 13,400 virgins have died from COVID-19
The number of cases in Virginia has been on a downward trend in recent weeks – reflecting the national trend
“Misty was a very devoted mother to her four children (Riley, Leah, Aidan and Taylor) and stepdaughter Angel,” according to her obituary.
“Misty was one of the most caring and loving people …”
Don Mitchum rushed to the hospital to try to talk to his son before being placed on the respirator.
‘He said,’ Dad, I’m scared to death, ” Don Mitcham recalled.
‘I told him to call his mother.’
Kevin Mitcham then called his mother.
“He called me and said, ‘Mom, I love you and I wish I could get it,'” Terry Mitchum said.
‘Of course I told him, “It’s over. You can do nothing about it.”
Kevin Mitchum passed away on October 8th. At some point during treatment, he appears to be improving, but the corona virus has caused too much damage to his lungs.
His brother said he was a healthy person before COVID.
“He never smoked, never drank, did not do drugs, did not suffer from diabetes, did not suffer from overweight, was a heavy equipment operator, did a lot of road work,” Mike Mitcham said.
‘He worked every day. He was always working, always out, always doing something. Very active. ‘
Nearly 69 percent of Virginia residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine
Stafford County, where the Mitchus lived, has a lower-than-average vaccination rate in the state
Only 54.1% of Stafford County, Virginia’s population has received at least one dose of the Corona virus, according to the latest public health data. Less than half of the county’s residents are fully vaccinated
‘My brother was healthy. He was still quite young and had something to live for, “added Mike Mitchum.
‘He had five children and a grandson, and now they have all lost him.
‘It’s hard for my parents. They are 73 years old, and my mother said that your children should not die before you. ‘
Mike Mitchum said his brother and sister-in-law refused to be vaccinated even though the family urged them to do so.
‘They were just spoiled. They went for what they heard and read online, ”he said.
Don and Terry Mitcham, who each had booster shots, said they tried in vain to persuade Kevin to get vaccinated.
‘We would just say,’ Hey, Kevin, let’s try, buddy. It will not hurt you, “Don Mitcham recalled.
” Oh, I know. I’m fine. I’m not going to get the shot. I do not need it, ”Kevin Mitcham told his father.
Mike Mitchum said he was angry about misinformation about vaccines that could cost his brother and wife his life.
“Part of our pain is anger,” he said.
‘Anger because people are not getting the vaccine yet. If you think about it, you need to get some vaccines before you can even go to school.
‘What’s the big thing about it?’
One relative, Rachel Rhodes, Mike Mitcham’s bride, works as a caregiver for a nurse specializing in family medicine.
She said she encouraged all her relatives to get vaccinated.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to be a medical provider once all the misinformation is circulated online,” Rhodes told Times-Dispatch.
“It becomes very discouraging to hear reasons why vaccinations are rejected by patients / individuals.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even worth the discussion anymore because it’s completely unrelated to anything medical or scientific.”
Rhodes added: “My heart is broken for their children, who are going through this terrible situation.
“Losing one parent is hard enough, but losing both parents in a short period of time is devastating.”
Mike Mitchum has launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding page aimed at raising $ 20,000. As of Sunday, she has raised more than $ 18,000.
Proceeds will go to help the five children. Their aunt in South Carolina plans to set up a college foundation for them.
‘It’s not much. It’s not going to get everyone to school, but it’s a start, “said Mike Mitchum.
Kevin’s parents are now calling on the public to get vaccinated.
‘Please accept this,’ Don Mitcham said in tears.
‘This virus will take you at any age.
“But taking mom and dad is something that is not needed.”