Update: Rocky is no longer rockin' on this plant. Click here to jump to the update:
We featured Rocky on HCAss back in early January. We took a peek to see how he's doing now and it looks like he's had a really "rocky" journey.
Let me introduce you to Rocky Gaitan, who just turned 45 years old. Rocky is a former Marine and is head custodian at a high school in San Antonio, TX. Rocky and his wife Dalila Holguin-Gaitan have been married for 21 years and have two sons.
Rocky and Dalila check so many anti-vaxxer boxes. Super political, hundreds of anti-vaxx posts and extremely religious. A goatee seems to be a major player in the anti-vaxx world, and not only does Rocky have one, but he also posted this goatee selfie (we didn't crop it 😂). Do you think they've learned their lesson? So many of them never do.
Here are just some of the hundreds of anti-vaxx posts that Rocky and Dalila shared last year. You can pick any day on Dalila's timeline and you'll most likely find an anti-vaxx post.
Rocky contracts Covid and is hospitalized on 11/19/21.
Dalila posted a lot of prayers and religious messaging. GoFundMe is activated.
After almost 2 months, he finally opens his eyes on 1/19/22.
1/26/22, they're hoping for rehabilitation soon.
4 days later Dalila posted this. WTF?
On 2/2/22, he finally gets to rehabilitation.
Just 12 days later, he's back in the hospital.
3/1/22 - Rehab didn't go well and he ended up with another infection and some other issues. He's currently still hospitalized.
Dalila still proudly uses this as her FB profile photo.
They're running a Rocky's BBQ Plate Fundraiser in a few weeks.
Get better Rocky! We're hoping you make a full recovery and change your stance on vaccines.
If this doesn't scare you to get vaccinated, nothing will. A vaccine is so much easier, not only than all of the pain and suffering Rocky is going through but that his entire family is enduring. Get vaccinated. Get your booster.
SAV Update: Rocky didn't survive his fight with Covid. According to his obituary, he died August 5th, 2022. Thank you to our SAV readers who sent the update.
The GoFundMe wasn't a big success. Only 7 people donated for a total of $540. They were $9460 short of their $10k goal.
What a terrible way to spend the last of your days. He was hospitalized since November 19, 2021 and didn't pass until August 5th. I can't imagine the misery of spending 37 weeks or 259 days in the hospital...or the hospital bills. From the pictures above, it looks like it was a horrible existence. Think of all the moments he missed with his children and his wife while he was hospitalized and how many more he will miss in the future. Will his beloved Packers win another Super Bowl? He'll never find out. There are so many things that he will never get to experience because he refused a shot. Was it worth it?
When will this end? How many more people have to die? How many people will suffer from long Covid? Covid isn't going away and I'm tired of people who scoff at the vaccine then ask for money and help after they are sick. We've been battling this virus for years now. We have the tools to fight it but people keep choosing to believe lies and misinformation instead of science and the consequences can be dire and/or deadly.
If you're on Facebook be sure to visit our friends and the original author of Rocky's story at: Herman Cain Awards.
Please, get vaccinated. It works. If you're unsure which booster you should take and when, here is a helpful article from Johns Hopkins, a trusted source. Visit Vaccines.gov for more information on where you can find the Covid-19 vaccine and boosters near you. Don't forget your flu shot, too!