Ruben Gonzalez of East Los Angeles said he is “very lucky” to be alive after a fight with a severe form of COVID-19 earlier this year.
Gonzalez, 51, said that when he fell ill in January, his wife insisted on taking him to the hospital, and if he had waited another day to receive care, his doctors do not believe he would have made it.
“If it were not for her, I could have died at home or died when I drove to the hospital,” Gonzalez said.
He spent three months in the intensive care unit, and Gonzalez said his family – including his son, who died on Christmas Eve – kept him going.
“I know he was up there, looking down on me and giving me the strength every minute, every second, every day to get better and get home to my family. I know it was him and I thank him for that, ”Gonzalez said.
Although he is now at home and recovering, Gonzalez is still unable to return to work due to lung damage.
ONE GoFundMe has been created to help Gonzalez and his family.
Gonzalez also had a message for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Please, go out and get your shot, because this COVID is not a joke. It’s not a game, ”Gonzalez said.
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