A Kentucky doctor who initially insisted on wearing a mask dies after 4 months of fighting with Govt-19
Dr. Rebecca Shadowan, 62, was an employee when she died September 11 at a medical center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was an infectious disease and health epidemiologist and helped establish the corona virus unit of the medical center.
He is now one of more than 200,000 Americans who died due to Govt-19. The death toll is higher than the number of U.S. war casualties in the country’s five most recent wars.
Her husband Dr. David Shadowan and their two children, 23-year-old twins Katherine and Jesse, appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, talking about the woman they called their family’s glue.
“He was one of the smartest, most motivated people I ever knew, and she taught me what it was like to be a person,” Katherine said. “She always said that there is a grace that allows people to be who they are. She really lived up to the idea of treating everyone how you should be trusted and how you should be treated.”
“She’s a person who does not take a lot of tricks. She knows what she’s talking about when it comes to her field and many other things. She’s something I really trust, I think she’s someone a lot of people trust,” Jesse said.
David met his late wife while studying at the University of West Kentucky, and they were married after their first year of medical school at the University of Louisville. Even though David fell into the medical field, Rebecca always knew she wanted to be a doctor.
“She was very nice. At the age of 15, she was doing a variety of things, like working as a paramedic in a doctor’s office,” David said. “Doing X-rays and things like that.”
The son was the only family member to avoid infection
In May, David’s mother became ill and people came to her home to take care of her and help her. A few days after those visits, a caregiver was diagnosed with Covid-19.
On May 7, David’s mother was diagnosed with Covid-19.
On May 11, both David and Katherine were diagnosed with Covid-19.
On May 12, Rebecca was diagnosed with Govit-19.
David’s mother, now 90, spent five days in hospital and a few more weeks in rehab.
Jesse, the only person in the family who was not infected, said he spent significant time with both his grandmother and his mother when they were infected.
“The day my mom was diagnosed, I took her to the hospital and sat in the car with her for 45 minutes to an hour,” she said. “I had a lot of opportunities to catch it, but never did.”
David said his wife knew the corona virus was a danger to his own health. But she constantly wanted to help others. When David retired two years ago, he advised his wife to do it, but she did not want to.
“He loved caring for patients and working in the hospital, and he just kept doing it,” he said. “She knew being in health care was a risk, but she wanted to do it.”
He said Rebecca enjoyed caring for patients, working with her colleagues and teaching medical students and resident doctors.
“This is where he actually lived and worked in the medical field,” David said.
‘Wear a mask in her memory’
“She still speaks to that motivation within us, and I think it’s her legacy,” Sane told WBKO. “I think she followed up to get the best of everything – she just poured it into us.”
Before Govt-19, Katherine said her mother was always like that.
“Working with an infectious disease and being willing to put everyone’s needs before her, she took care of everyone she could, whether it was her patients or her children,” Katherine said.
Before Bowling Green brought their first corona virus, Rebecca encouraged others to wear masks regularly and stay away from the crowd.
“Please follow Dr. Shadowan’s advice – wear his respectable mask,” Bessier said.
The family held a smaller funeral than they did and observed social distance during the visit. Rebecca would love to do that, her husband said.
“If he had been here, he would have strongly encouraged people to wear masks whenever they are in public. They should always be at a social distance and avoid large crowds. When this fall, the flu vaccine comes out, please take it you will not want to get those two diseases at once.” Said David.
When a corona virus vaccine comes out, David said his son will be “first in line” to get it if he is not in it.
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