Heartbreaking new details of Covid victim Christopher Willett’s death have been shared by his mother Diana (Picture: Diana Willett)
A 25 year-old deli worker with autism left frightened by customers not wearing masks said ‘I don’t want to die mom’ as Covid killed him. Heartbreaking new details of Christopher Willett’s death were shared by his mother Diana a fortnight after he was killed by coronavirus.
Recalling their December 14 trip to hospital as Christopher’s condition declined, Diana, 60, said: ‘I’ll never forget, when he got out of the car, he turned around, looked at me and said, “I don’t want to die, mom.”
‘And I said, ‘Baby I don’t want you to die either, but let’s look at this like they’re going to fix your cough, and then you’re going to come home.”‘
Christopher, from Knoxville in Tennessee, had been fastidious about wearing masks at work, social distancing and washing his hands. The deli worker would complain about his customers not wearing masks, saying ‘I don’t understand mom, why don’t people wear their masks? Do they not care about people?’
Christopher would always change his clothes and shower as soon as he returned home from work, but developed a dry cough on December 4. He tested positive for Covid on December 7, with Diana also testing positive around the same time.
Diana initially struggled more with her symptoms than Christopher, but his condition worsened, with a prescription for steroids failing to tackle his symptoms.
Christopher’s mother says she could see the ‘fear in his eyes’ after he was admitted to intensive care with Covid (Picture: Diana Willett)
He was later diagnosed with Covid pneumonia
Recalling their goodbye as she took Christopher to the emergency room, which banned visitors, Diana told Fox6: ‘You can’t go in with them.
‘And he said, “I love you,” and I said, “I love you too,” and I watched my son walk into the emergency room on the 14th, and when I got home, he called me and said, “They’re going to admit me mom, they said I have Covid pneumonia.”
‘I said, “Okay, then you’re in the best place you could be because they’ll take care of you.”‘
Christopher was moved to intensive care shortly afterwards, where he was given a BiPAP oxygen mask, which appeared to help his symptoms.
Recalling a FaceTime chat with her son, Diana said: ‘I could still talk to him, but I could see the fear in his eyes.’
Diana says Christopher could not understand why people did not wear masks – and has urged others to listen to her son’s story, before covering their faces up (Picture: Diana Willett)
But on December 18, Christopher suffered a fever, and he was put on a ventilator an hour later. He suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after that – five days after being admitted.
Diana had to spend Christmas Day in hospital battling her own Covid infection, and is now recovering at home with an oxygen tank.
The State of Tennessee does not require people to wear masks in public places, with Diana branding those who choose to go without selfish.
She said: ‘I just don’t understand people who don’t think it’s real. Who think it’s a joke. How hard is it to put something over your mouth and nose when you go in public?
‘It’s just so easy to put something over your mouth and nose when you go out in public, and it doesn’t hurt you or anybody else, matter of fact it helps.
‘And as my son used to say, why don’t they care? About yourself, about your neighbor, about your family. I don’t understand and he never understood.’
The US has recorded 20.8million Covid infections, and close to 354,000 deaths.
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