Woman Loses Husband and 20-Year Old Son to Coronavirus Just Days Apart

by April 13, 2020

Sandy Brown, Freddie Lee Brown Jr., and her only son, Freddie Lee Brown III

Sandy Brown, a grieving woman from Michigan, says she is experiencing “unimaginable pain” after her husband of 35 years, Freddie Lee Brown Jr., and her only son, Freddie Lee Brown III, died within just three days after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Her husband, who is 59-years old and had a kidney transplant 8 years ago, began having symptoms of COVID-19 mid-March. She took him to the hospital where he was put on a ventilator when his shortness of breath, fever, and fatigue continued to worsen.

“Calm down. I’ll be fine. It will just be a few days,” Sandy recalled Brown Jr. told her over the phone for the last time before he was put into a medically induced coma. Sadly, he died after three days.

A day after his death, her son Freddie III, who is 20-years old and had asthma, began feeling ill, had fever and cough. She brought him to the hospital where he got better after a day. Sandy celebrated the progress, but his condition quickly changed to the worse on that same day. He sadly died the next day.

“There’s not even a word created to describe my pain. It’s unimaginable,” Sandy told The Detroit News. “In three days, I lost my husband and son to an ugly plague. I watched my son go from completely well and whole and happy to being gone in three days.”

A funeral service was arranged for the two last Friday wherein at least 25 people attended while observing social distancing and others watched via live stream on Sandy’s Facebook. She was grieving yet she couldn’t say a proper goodbye due to the necessary guidelines for deaths caused by the coronavirus.

“It seems so unfair,” she said. “I can’t even give them a proper burial. I just have to put them into a box and put them into a hole.”

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