2 “pillars” of the Indiana household die of COVID-19 inside 24 hours
“We’re losing a person, it’s devastating. But we lost two and it’s horrible, ”said Holly Vanatti. “It’s really hard to lose two of the people who were the pillars of our family.”
Holly Vanatti (not pictured) lost her 78-year-old father-in-law Chet (left) and her 51-year-old husband Ken (second from right) to COVID-19 within 24 hours in December. Both had been hospitalized with the virus.(Source: Vantelli family / WRTV / CNN)
A month later, the situation is still unreal for her, especially as she tries to raise her baby daughter, who is now without her father.
“We have three boys and we had just adopted our little girl who is three and a half years old,” said Vanatti. “That was also very difficult, because every day she asks, ‘Where is my daddy?'”
Vanatti says that she often wakes up thinking this is just a nightmare and will be over, but unfortunately it continues.
As she goes through the grieving process, she says part of it is making sure people start taking COVID-19 seriously.
“For people who say it’s not real, we’re living proof,” Vanatti said. “I get so frustrated when people say this is a joke or that everything is made up or political. That is not true.”
She encourages everyone to mask themselves and do their part to protect others so that nobody has to stand in their shoes.
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