Coronavirus victim, 32, says ‘you gave me the best life’ in heartbreaking last words written on phone for wife to find – The Sun
A 32-YEAR-old man who died from the coronavirus wrote his family that they gave him "the best life I could have ever asked for" – an apparent farewell message his wife found on his phone.
Jon Coelho passed away early Wednesday morning at a hospital in Connecticut after battling the virus for a month, according to BuzzFeed News.
Wife Katie later found the note on his cell phone as she gathered his belongings.
“I love you guys with all my heart and you’ve given me the best life I could have ever asked for,” Jon wrote, according to BuzzFeed.
“I am so lucky it makes me so proud to be your husband and the father to Braedyn and Penny.”
He wrote to Katie that "you are the most beautiful caring nurturing person I’ve ever met."
"You are truly one of a kind… make sure you live life with happiness and that same passion that made me fall in love with you.
"Seeing you be the best mom to the kids is the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced.”
He also left touching messages for 2-year-old Braedyn and 10-month-old Penelope.
“Let Braedyn [know] he’s my best bud and I’m proud to be his father and for all the amazing things he’s done and continues to do,” Jon wrote, according to BuzzFeed.
“Let Penelope know she’s a princess and can have whatever she wants in life.”
He also told Katie that it was OK to look for love again.
“I’m so lucky,” he wrote.
“Don’t hold back, and if you meet someone know that if they love you and the kids that I love that for you.
"Always be happy no matter what!”
Katie told BuzzFeed that she believes Jon wrote the note several weeks ago, before he was first intubated at the Danbury hospital.
“Even though he was fighting for his life for the past month, I know up until the last second he wanted to make sure the kids and I were okay,” she told the news outlet.
“He knew he had to say something to me because I haven’t been able to speak to him in so long.”
She said they met when they were college students at Western Connecticut State University and were married in 2013.
“Jon was the sole provider for the family, so he worked really hard to make sure Katie didn’t have to leave the house to take care of earning,” Jon's friend Jacob Wycoff told BuzzFeed.
“But when it was his time with the kids, he really, really enjoyed it.”
He added that "they’re not going to grow up to know how amazing their dad was."
"And that really is sad to me, because he is – was – an amazing guy.”
Jon, who worked at a courthouse, was considered an essential worker.
He found out on March 24 that he had come into contact with someone who contracted the virus.
“My husband wore gloves, masks, he washed his hands,” Katie told BuzzFeed.
“He was so super vigilant because he was so afraid of what would happen to our son if he caught it.”
Braedyn had been born with neurological problems, according to the news outlet.
Jon battled for a month against the virus and seemed to be improving when he went into cardiac arrest and passed away.
“They kept telling me he would make it because he was a healthy 32-year-old with no preexisting health conditions,” Katie told BuzzFeed.
A GoFundMe page has already raised nearly $200,000 for the family.
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