A family is sharing their father’s story after he died of a presumptive case of COVID-19.
Dave Ryning was 63 years old and was working full-time at Home Depot throughout the pandemic, his daughter Melissa and her husband Alex shared in a Youtube video.
Despite no history of travel, and following rigorous physical distancing and hygiene recommendations, he called his daughter to tell her he had developed a cough and a sore throat on March 31.
“He called 8-1-1, and they told him to hang up and call an ambulance,” said Melissa.
The ambulance arrived to his home, but told Ryning that his oxygen levels looked fine and that he may have a chest cold.
“Four days later, he died,” Melissa said.
Dave was healthy and had no underlying health conditions, his family shares, and he was taking precautions to stay safe.
“His hands were almost raw from how much he had been washing them,” said Melissa. “But the thing is, you can’t be too careful.”
Melissa and Alex say that Dave was having trouble breathing when they spoke to him over the phone, but he never went to the hospital.
After not hearing from Dave, Melissa’s husband went to check on him only to discover he had passed away in his sleep.
The pair want people to understand the importance of taking the illness seriously, to prevent the spread, and hopefully save lives in the future.
“We need to do this together. When some of us are like this is just a bad flu..well maybe for some of us it’s just a bad flu,” Melissa said in the video.
“But I’m telling you, you don’t know how your body is going to react. You guys have the choice right now to take this seriously”
The family wants others to hear their story, to save other lives in the future.
“I don’t want any of you to lose anybody. I don’t want any of you to hurt like we hurt,” said Melissa. “When someone passes from COVID-19 you cannot grieve in a normal fashion, and you’re robbed of the things that make us most human.”