A 29-year-old surgical technician who was set to be married this summer – but died after not taking the COVID-19 vaccination over unfounded fears it would make her infertile – will be mourned in the church she had booked to say her vows.
Samantha Wendell, of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, was set to walk down the aisle at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Illinois, in late August with her fiancé Austin Eskew, a correctional sergeant.
Instead, funeral services for the 29-year-old will be held on Saturday at the same church, where her parents had married years ago, according to NBC News.
The couple had both refused to get vaccinated after Wendell’s co-workers incorrectly told the bride-to-be, who wanted to have three to four children, that the vaccine can cause infertility.
The CDC has confirmed the vaccination is safe for ‘people who are trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future, as well as their partners.’
But still, Wendell was hesitant. While she waited to make up her mind, she caught COVID-19.
She spent her August 21 wedding day on a ventilator and died a short time later.
‘Misinformation killed her,’ Wendell’s cousin Maria Vibandor Hayes told NBC News.
Her cousin said her family is now telling her story in the hopes that it wont happen to someone else.
‘If we can save more lives and families’ lives, then this is the gift that she left for us to deliver,’ Vibandor said.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Matt McNulty