Anderson Cooper moved to tears by woman whose spouse died of COVID


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Throughout the pandemic, Anderson Cooper kept his cool as he reported in the daily news and gave updates on the coronavirus, but that hard exterior cracked when he Katie coelho, whose husband died of complications from COVID-19.

Widow joined presenter on CNN show Anderson Cooper 360 Friday to remember her husband Jonathan Coelho and to urge people to take all the necessary precautions to avoid the “indescribable” pain it is currently going through. “My husband shouldn’t have died on Wednesday morning,” she said. “But he did. “

According to Katie, John was “not in any of the” categories that could have made him a person at risk. She said he was a healthy 32-year-old man and that their families were doing their best to limit exposure to the germs. The only thing that made him more likely to contract the virus was his role as a probation officer, which made him a vital employee.

Katie said that although he “is afraid and does not want to go” to work, he was unable to do so.

On March 25, Jonathan tested positive for the virus and was admitted to hospital the next day after experiencing various symptoms. A few days later, he had to be intubated.

He finally died on April 22. Of his 28 days in the hospital, 20 were spent on a ventilator.

The morning of her death, Katie was unable to get to the hospital in time, but she shared the emotional letter he wrote to her and their two children, one of whom has what CNN described as “several medical complexities” in the days leading up to her And although this will never replace the last moments she lost with him, he died knowing that she had read these words: “I love you with all my heart and you gave me the best life I could have dreamed of. “

Anderson struggled to hold back the tears, prompting Katie to say, “I’m fine. Jonathan was good with words, huh? “

She and Anderson also discussed their two young children, Braedyn, 2, who has “several medical complications,” and Penelope, 10 months.

“They don’t know they’ve lost the biggest human being and they’ll only know their father through photos and videos,” shouted Katie.

Anderson, whose father died in open heart surgery 50 years ago, replied, “The only thing I’m going to tell you is that they will know him through you and the love that you have for him, they will seem to know him because i know you will tell stories about him as they grow up and for the rest of their lives. “

Katie and her two children are now self-isolating in their home because they too have been diagnosed with coronavirus. She said that her “only comfort” right now was the “memories” she had of her husband.

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