A Florida woman says she returned home from battling COVID-19 in the hospital to a “nightmare” scene with her husband dead after also contracting the virus.
Lisa Steadman, 58, said she was horrified to walk in Wednesday to discover her 55-year-old husband Ron’s body in the bedroom of their home in Winter Haven, Fox13 News reported.
“It was like walking into a horror film, and I wish I had never seen him like that because I can’t get that picture out of my head,” she told the news station.
Steadman said neither of them had been vaccinated before they both tested positive for the virus.
After she developed symptoms that caused her to pass out, she brought herself to the emergency room at Winter Haven Hospital.
“I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t stop throwing up,” she told the outlet.
While in the hospital for eight days, Steadman struggled to stay in contact with her husband, who was having problems with his phone, she said.
“He had told me that his phone was acting up, and wouldn’t hold a charge. Monday, I couldn’t get ahold of him. So I sent the Winter Haven Police Department over there to do a wellness check. They talked to him. He was fine,” she told news station WFLA.
When she couldn’t reach him the following day, she assumed it was phone issues again.
But when she returned home Wednesday, she discovered the tragic scene.
“It’s just been a nightmare. Just a nightmare,” she told news station WFLA.
“I can’t get that picture out of my mind. I wish I never would have found him like that,” she added.
Steadman said doctors told her that he died of COVID-related complications.
“He was a humble, friendliest, willing-to-help-anyone, God-fearing family man,” she said.
Steadman, who is still struggling with symptoms of the virus, said she plans to get vaccinated next month.
“Now after being in the hospital and talking with my doctor, when I am able to take it, I will in September,” she told WFLA.