Vancouver Island mother urges vaccination after husband hospitalized with COVID-19
Miranda Mellor speaks out after her husband, 39, hesitant to get vaccinated, found himself in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.
He is currently in the hospital on a ventilator with COVID-19.
“It’s just a blur,” Mellor told CTV News Tuesday. “I just tried to hang around basically.”
Duncan’s mother in British Columbia has her hands full. She juggles life with two children, a three-month-old and a two-year-old, after her husband, Josh, contracted COVID-19 on September 2.
Last Sunday, he was put on a ventilator after he could no longer breathe on his own.
“He’s heavily sedated,” Mellor said.
“In fact, they must have given him a paralytic because he was moving even with the amount of sedation they are giving him,” she said. “He has to stay completely still, it’s not something you want to be awake to, that’s for sure.”
She is doubly vaccinated, but says her husband believed the misinformation he read on the internet, telling him that the vaccines are not safe. Therefore, he jumped in.
“The disinformation must stop,” said Dr. Brian Conway, medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Center.
Conway says 85 percent or more of people who end up in the intensive care unit are not vaccinated in B.C.
“The main thing stopping us from controlling the pandemic here in British Columbia is the unvaccinated,” said Conway.
He says we’ll continue to hear more first-hand stories like Mellor’s if the unvaccinated continue to believe the misinformation they see online.
In the meantime, Mellor has a message for those who are hesitant about the vaccine.
“If you’re not going to do it for yourself, think about your family,” said the wife and mother of two. “Who would take care of your children if you got very sick?” “
Miranda Mellor is pictured with her two daughters in Duncan, BC: (CTV News)
On Tuesday, BC’s top doctor begged people hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines to visit the BC Center for Disease Control website for specific information.
Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke specifically to women who are or are considering becoming pregnant. She urged them to get vaccinated because their babies are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID, saying the vaccine is not only safe, it is recommended.
“We have a number of young pregnant women who are currently in intensive care who are not vaccinated,” Henry said.
Mellor couldn’t visit her husband in the hospital, but when she does, it will have to be through a window.
For now, the three are trying to keep busy while they wait for updates on Josh’s condition. Staying positive during a time like this isn’t always easy.
“I’m trying not to think of that other situation we might be in because it’s very real,” Mellor said. “I try to manifest it when I get home and that’s what I’m holding onto.”