Defender of the People
Mask Burning Party
On Facebook, Apley endorsed a Mask Burning Party.
Apley, a leader of the Texas Republican Party hopped on Facebook in May to post about a “mask burning” party 900 miles away in Cincinnati.
The 45-year-old Dickinson City Council member republished a Facebook post implying that vaccines don’t work.
Two days later, Apley was admitted to a Galveston hospital with “pneumonia-like symptoms” and tested positive for coronavirus, according to an online fundraising campaign. He was sedated and put on a ventilator.
He Died With a Fundraising Success
A GoFundMe page for Apley raised $28,000 from over 300 donors.
He was serving his first term on the Texas GOP’s State Republican Executive Committee.
The GoFundMe effort failed to mention why he died.
Sorry, Too Late
A doctor in Alabama, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, last month wrote a detailed Facebook post about how a lot of “young healthy people” were being admitted to the hospital “with very serious” covid infections.
“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine,” Brytney Cobia wrote. “I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”
Will This Persuade Anyone?
Of course not. At least not members of the diehard anti-vaxxer flat-earth society.
However, it might help family members realize that there is help for the dead from GoFundMe.
Unfortunately, and as I have stated before, people need their own near death experience before they learn a damn thing.
Also unfortunately, some don't make it.
Nurses Concerned About Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients
Also consider West Virginia Nurses Concerned About Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients.
“The handful of patients who we have had recently, all of them are young, otherwise healthy lived and independent lifestyles,” ICU nurse Taylor Krisher said about unvaccinated patients. “It’s hard for me because I see it. I work with patients who are so sick I can’t leave the room for 12 hours.”
Krisher said most of the hospital’s COVID-19 patients are younger people who did not want to get vaccinated against the deadly virus. After battling for their life, a number of patients have told Krisher and her co-workers that they regret not getting a shot.
“The kids and other relatives were saying goodbye to him,” Krisher recalled one unvaccinated COVID-19 patient she was caring for on FaceTime before he died. “I was having to push medicine just to keep him alive long enough that he was able to say goodbye.”
“He knew he was going to die, it was just when,” ICU nurse Chelsea Ebbert said choking up while thinking about another unvaccinated patient.
Ebbert said every patient she has cared for that was not vaccinated regretted their decision, and a number of patient’s family members have also decided to go get vaccinated after seeing their loved one’s condition. Many of these are people in their 30s or younger who were not significantly at risk from previous COVID-19 variants, but the delta variant targets.
Word About Hypotheses
“The handful of patients who we have had recently, all of them are young, otherwise healthy lived and independent lifestyles,” ICU nurse Taylor Krisher said about unvaccinated patients.
The odds are overwhelming Apley would be alive IF he got vaccinated.
Instead he pounded his chest in support of "freedom".
Apley is now free. He is free to preach his message from his grave.
Somehow this does not seem like a "Give me Liberty or Give Me Death" kind of moment, but if I hear from Apley, I will post his reply.
Although it's hard to feel any empathy for Apley, I would rather he have lived so that he could spread a better second opinion. This was an easily preventable tragedy.