A Florida family has been left heartbroken after a husband and father, who they say was healthy and had no clear underlying conditions, died from COVID-19.
Conrad Buchanan died on March 26 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, less than two weeks after he first showed symptoms of the novel coronavirus, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.
“He was so scared,” his wife Nicole Buchanan told the local outlet. “Watching somebody go through this … it’s just … He was healthy. He was fine.”
The 39-year-old father, who was known professionally as DJ Griff Gotti, started to feel ill on March 14 but his wife Nicole, 37, said he struggled for days to get tested.
“I fought and fought and fought,” she explained to CNN in a video interview with their 12-year-old daughter Skye. “They didn’t want to test him due to his age and that he had no underlying health issues.”
After four days, Conrad finally obtained a test. His results didn’t come in until March 21, but by that point — a week after his body aches and low fever first started — Nicole said his health began to noticeably get worse.
“That day, he started to decline — because he did not have a horrible cough at this whole time,” she explained to CNN.
The results were also especially concerning to the couple because, in the week leading up to Conrad’s illness, the DJ had been working at a number of bars and nightclubs around Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.
“He was around so many people and so many people aren’t taking this seriously,” Nicole explained to the local outlet. “There’s no way to be able to reach out to everyone. With him being a DJ, he is such a social butterfly.”
In an effort to notify those to whom he may have exposed the illness, Conrad revealed that he had tested positive on Facebook and urged everyone to take it seriously.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Joelle Goldstein