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Heidi Ferrer’s husband is sharing particulars of his late spouse’s expertise with COVID-19.
In an interview with NCS printed Wednesday, the Dawson’s Creek author’s husband, filmmaker Nick Guthe, opened up about what she endured earlier than her demise.
Ferrer died by suicide in May, and struggled with COVID-19 for greater than a yr main as much as her demise.
Guthe mentioned that Ferrer suffered from long-haul COVID symptoms that included “excruciating, unexplained” ache in her toes, digestive issues, physique aches and a racing coronary heart. She additionally began to expertise neurological tremors this spring, he instructed NCS.
Guthe described a harrowing journey earlier than his spouse was lastly referred to a long-haul COVID clinic, which arrived simply sooner or later earlier than her demise.
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Ferrer wrote on her weblog final September that she had instructed Guthe that she did “not want to live like this” if her signs persevered.
“I wasn’t suicidal, I just couldn’t see any quality of life long term and there was no end in sight,” she wrote at the time.
“She had indicated that if things got really bad she didn’t know how she could continue,” Guthe instructed NCS on Wednesday. “She didn’t know how she could keep going, and I just kept saying, you know, ‘Just hang on, you know, hang on, medical science is moving at the quickest rate it ever has.”
He continued, “But I think she just felt that she was only going to diminish, she was going to lose the ability to walk, end up in a wheelchair, not be able to bathe herself.”
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Researchers are nonetheless studying extra about COVID “long-haulers,” however a examine launched in March discovered that women were more likely to experience long-term symptoms after being recognized with the virus, PEOPLE beforehand reported.
Guthe urged others to take long-haul COVID signs severely, and referred to as on the “government to step in now and fund research right away and provide mental health support services for people like her.”
“We need to pay attention, and it’s not just about suicide,” he mentioned. “It’s about people re-entering the workforce. This is an economic issue. We have trained people… who are not going to be able to go back to their jobs because they are exhausted, they are bedridden.”
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Guthe introduced his spouse’s demise on Twitter May 26, writing, “My beautiful angel, Heidi, passed over tonight after a 13 month battle with Long Haul Covid.”
“She was an amazing mother,” he continued. “She fought this insidious disease with the same ferocity she lived with. I love you forever and I’ll see you down the road.”
Ferrer is survived by Guthe and their 13-year-old son Bexon.
If you or somebody you recognize is contemplating suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), textual content “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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