Altavista woman waits for vaccine after losing husband to coronavirus


ALTAVISTA, Va. (WFXR) — Doshie and Patrick Witcher imagined they’d spend the rest of their lives together, but their plan came to a tragic end when Patrick caught COVID-19 right after Father’s Day.

“Our goal when we got married was to be married for 50 years, that was the plan,” Doshie explained.

However, last summer, Doshie lost her husband of almost 40 years.

“He went and got tested and took about a week to find out that that was what it was, and he was steadily getting sicker and sicker,” Doshie recalled.

Patrick was in the hospital by July 1, 2020. Doshie says the hardest part was not being able to see her husband.

“Once he left here that was it. I couldn’t see him at all.”

The Witchers met when Doshie was in seventh grade. She said it was love at first sight for Patrick.

The couple had three sons together, but just five years ago, the couple’s middle son Jermaine gained his wings.

“It was the hardest thing that we’ve ever had to go through as a couple,” Doshie stated.

She says that loss helped her to deal with death, but nothing could have prepared her for the effects of the virus.

“His lungs were so torn up from the infection and the scarring and then there’s scarring from being on the ventilator,” Doshie explained.

Patrick passed away on July 25, 2020.

Now, Doshie is waiting for her turn to take the vaccine.

“It is so much worse than getting the flu. The damage it does to your body – you can survive it, but you may never be the same again. Why take the chance? I want to do it for myself but I also want to contribute to getting to herd immunity to help this community to get back to what it’s supposed to be.”

Doshie is just one of those who will never recover from what she lost. She wants everyone to know it’s important that to remain vigilant, wear masks, maintain social distancing, wash your hands, and get the vaccine when your turn comes up.

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