Shanda Parish, a nurse who lives in the Fort Smith-Greenwood area of Arkansas, said she does not regret her parents’ decision not to get vaccinated even after they died of Covid-19 (Picture: Facebook)
A nurse who lost her father and stepmother to the coronavirus within three days of each other said their deaths have not changed her mind about not getting vaccinated. Shanda Parish, who suffers from cancer, added that she does not regret her late parents’ decision not to get inoculated.
Parish and her parents Robert and Vi Herring, both in their 70s, are from the Fort Smith-Greenwood area of western Arkansas, where many residents are reluctant to get the jab, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The Herrings contracted Covid-19 after attending a 52nd high school reunion event and both died at a Fort Smith hospital in late July.
Parish’s last communication with her father was a voice mail he left for her from the hospital, in which he gasped air.
‘It doesn’t even sound human,’ Parish said. ‘I don’t like hearing it, but I can’t delete it.’
Shanda Parish said she does not regret her father and stepmother’s decisions not to get vaccinated (Picture: Facebook)
Parish said she has felt scrutiny from her friends and others since her parents died, regarding why they were not vaccinated and why she did not encourage them to get the shot. She insists it was her parents’ choice and that she does not regret their decision.
‘We didn’t kill them, but some people make us feel like it’s our fault they’re gone,’ Parish said, tearing up. ‘No one should try to make you feel guilty because someone died.’
Parish said that what she does regret is that she was quarantining at the time her parents got sick, in preparation for a cancer treatment, and being unable to urge them to go to the hospital earlier. The nurse added that she still will not get vaccinated because she does not trust a newly produced jab.
But Parish’s brother David Herring, who lives near Washington, DC, responded differently.
‘I’m absolutely angry and frustrated,’ David said. ‘Their age and health conditions – they should have gotten vaccinated really early… And then trying to talk to friends of theirs and hearing these ridiculous things about depopulation and computer chips.’
David said he was not able to persuade his parents to get vaccinated, but has made it his mission to convince his relatives.
The late Herrings were married for 34 years and had five children between them.
Their death comes after numerous recent stories of coronavirus patients who begged for the vaccine on their death beds and family members who regretted not getting the jab after their loved ones died of the virus.
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