A Warner, New Hampshire, man has had a change of heart about the COVID-19 vaccine after a brush with death.
For the 13 days Scott Dow has been in the hospital with COVID-19, from 7:30 a.m. until sunset, his wife, Vallerie Dow, sat outside of the hospital. She would FaceTime her husband during her visits. She said she and her husband, who she called the other half of her, have been married for 18 years.
“You can FaceTime from anywhere, but my husband is in that room. My husband needed me, and I need him to know that I was here,” Vallerie Dow said. “I wanted him to draw every bit of strength he could from me.”
She is vaccinated, while her husband is not. Scott Dow said it was part resistance, part procrastination, and he now regrets it.
“If you’re not vaccinated, please go get vaccinated, because you don’t want to be where I’m at,” he said.
Scott Dow said his illness started with incredible fatigue, and after he was admitted, his oxygen levels plummeted. Doctors were talking about a ventilator, which terrified him.
“I started making phone calls. I called my mother to say goodbye. I called my kids, because I didn’t know,” he said.
The nurses at the hospital said they could feel the couple’s connection. Despite the long hours and endless rotation of patients, those nurses found time to do more.
“So, one morning, I come here. I don’t remember what day it was. But he was still fighting for his life. And I look up, and there is a sign that says, ‘Hi Val,’ with a heart on it,” Vallerie Dow said. “Oh my God, I cried. It was just beautiful.”
Doctors told the couple that Scott Dow is on track to go home Friday.