A Virginia dad who “treasured” his youngsters was hospitalized the identical day his spouse died of COVID-19.
Two weeks later, 48-year-old Kevin Mitchem was additionally gone, forsaking the couple’s five beloved kids, together with their 4 youngsters and one from a earlier relationship, his household mentioned.
“He would take them everywhere — take them fishing, take them to the park, take them to county fairs,” his brother, Mike Mitchem, informed McClatchy News in a telephone interview Thursday. “He would take them to events that they had around town — whatever he could do to get the kids out of the house and make sure they had fun.”
Kevin had a lingering cough earlier than he was identified with the coronavirus. He had been an lively, wholesome particular person however was cautious about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, in response to his brother.
“He worked construction,” Mitchem mentioned. (*5*)
Around the identical time that Kevin acquired sick, his spouse reportedly went to a hospital close to the couple’s home in Stafford. Misty Mitchem, who was in her 40s and had diabetes, died on Sept. 23, in response to her obituary.
Mike Mitchem mentioned she additionally hadn’t gotten a coronavirus vaccine, which well being officers suggest for all eligible adults, together with those that have some well being situations that might put them in danger for having serious complications from the virus. Long-term negative effects from having a COVID-19 shot are “extremely unlikely,” in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We tried telling him: ‘It is better to get the vaccine,’” Mitchem mentioned.
His brother, who died on Oct. 8, is remembered for his generosity and his love for bowling. He and his spouse met in highschool and go away behind 5 youngsters and a grandchild, in response to their obituaries and a GoFundMe web page that claims it’s elevating cash for the household.
Now, the couple’s 4 youngest youngsters reside with a relative in South Carolina. The fifth youngster is an grownup, Mitchem mentioned.
“My heart breaks for their children, who are going through this terrible situation,” Rachael Rhodes, Mike’s daughter-in-law, informed The Free Lance-Star in northern Virginia. “The loss of one parent is difficult enough, but to lose both parents within a short time span is devastating,”