A young father who died on Wednesday of a coronavirus left a heartbreaking letter to his wife and two children in which he told them that they had given him “the best life I could have wanted”.
Jon Coelho, 32, died at Danbury, Connecticut hospital on April 22 after nearly a month of trying to fight the deadly virus and 20 days on a ventilator.
His wife Katie, 33, rushed to be by her side but was too late.
Gathering her things, she looked through her phone hoping to find more photos of their children – Braedyn, who is two years old and has cerebral palsy, and Penelope, ten months old – and found a note of love of the adored husband and father.
In his last words to the family, Jon wrote about how “it makes me so proud to be your husband and the father of Braedyn and Penny.”
Jon Coelho, 32, died in a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, on April 22. His wife Katie, 33, pictured left with Jon and their two children, found a final note for the family on his phone
Katie Coelho was looking for photos through her husband’s phone after her death from coronavirus when she came across these last heartbreaking words for her and their children
“I love you with all my heart and you have given me the best life I could have dreamed of,” Jon wrote in a note that Katie shared with a GoFundMe page created for the family.
“Katie, you are the most beautiful and caring person I have ever met.
“You are truly one of a kind … make sure you live life with happiness and the same passion that made me fall in love with you. Seeing you as the best mom for children is the greatest thing I have ever experienced, “said the note.
Jon called his son and daughter his “best friend” and his “princess” before encouraging his seven-year-old wife Katie to move on if she meets someone who loves them.
“Let Braedyn [know] he’s my best friend and I’m proud to be his father and for all the amazing things he has done and continues to do, “wrote Jon.
“Let Penelope know that she is a princess and that she can have anything she wants in life.
‘I’m so lucky. Do not hold back, and if you meet someone, know that if they love you and the children I love for you. Always be happy no matter what! he concludes.
Jon had a sudden cardiac arrest on Wednesday after 28 days in hospital, including 20 for a ventilator.
He was first tested positive for coronavirus on March 26 after discovering that he may have been exposed.
Katie Coelho, 33, rushed to Danbury, Connecticut hospital on Wednesday after her seven-year-old husband Jon suffered cardiac arrest from coronavirus
Katie, pictured here with Jon, described her husband as “their stone and their foundation” and said they were “beyond heart” after his death on Wednesday from the coronavirus
While Katie was able to stay at home as the caregiver for her son Braedyn, Jon was a vital worker at a local courthouse and continued to leave home to work.
He had taken extra care because of their son’s cerebral palsy, which meant he was part of a group vulnerable to the virus.
Even when Jon was positive, doctors thought he would be okay.
“It was his worst fear, he always said how afraid he was that something would happen to him and that he might not be there for us. And her worst fear has come true, ”said Katie.
“He was so super vigilant because he was so afraid of what would happen to our son if he caught him.
Jon initially only experienced minor symptoms, losing his sense of smell and suffering from migraine and fatigue, but he quickly developed into a severe cough.
“Within 24 hours, he started coughing, and with the coughing attacks, he couldn’t catch his breath in between,” Katie told Buzzfeed News.
“The doctor told him to go to the hospital because he would probably need nebulizer treatments. “
“I love you all with all my heart and you have given me the best life I could have wished for,” wrote Jon, pictured on the right, in his last words to his wife Katie, son Braedyn and son. penny girl
The family has been careful because Braedyn, two, has cerebral palsy, but they have contracted the virus. Penny and Katie showed mild symptoms and Braedyn was asymptomatic
He was originally scheduled to be hospitalized just over the weekend, but his condition worsened considerably and Jon was sent to intensive care and placed on a ventilator.
On March 31, a CT scan revealed that the Covid-19 virus had aggressively manifested in his lungs and his condition was described as “serious” as he began to spit blood.
He would remain ventilated for the next three weeks before suffering cardiac arrest on April 22.
Katie, who also experienced symptoms, was able to rush to the hospital after receiving an update, but it was too late.
Their daughter Penny had a mild fever due to the virus for three days while Braedyn was asymptomatic, she shared via GoFundMe.
Even in some of his last moments, Jon had thought of his family, writing down important passwords that Katie might need to know on her phone as well as writing her last heartfelt note.
“Even though he’s been fighting for his life for a month, I know until the last second he wanted to make sure the kids and I were okay,” Katie told Buzzfeed.
“He knew he had to tell me something because I haven’t been able to talk to him for so long. “
Katie wrote her own tribute to her loving husband, which was shared on the GoFundMe page established when Jon, the family’s only provider, was hospitalized for the first time.
She said the family has now “lost its rock and its foundations and is heartbroken.”
“Jonathan had a smile that made someone love and a hug that made you feel safe,” she said.
“We will miss Jonathan so desperately that he has never held a grudge or judged anyone. He always greeted everyone with a huge smile and a hug. He loved life and was eager to see his children grow and age with his wife.
“It is unfair that Jonathan’s time with his family was so short,” she added.
“Jonathan never wanted to be there except for his children and his wife and this virus stole it.”