Manlius man who refused vaccine now recovers at home with permanent lung damage

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A man from Manlius contracted COVID after not receiving the vaccine, and his family is hopeful others will learn from his story.

Evan Bartlett arrived home from work one day with classic symptoms of COVID: headaches, chills and body aches.

His wife Kelli was with him when he tested positive, and she was scared.

His temperature climbed to 104 and his blood oxygen plummeted. His cough was so strong he found it hard to breathe.

The family were told after rushing him to hospital that if they were unable to stabilize him after putting him on oxygen, he would have to go to the COVID ICU and likely be placed under a ventilator.

While Evan refused the vaccine, his whole family chose to receive it. He thought COVID was overkill, but told his family to let people know it’s real and that he will have permanent scars on his lungs for life at age 50.

He just wants everyone to know because he was an unbeliever, and he feels bad for what he has done to his family with his decision not to get the vaccine.

He has since returned home to recover from COVID and pneumonia, causing him extensive lung disease.

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