W. Dustin Rhodes, 34, Cody, WY, Anti-vaxxer, Dead from COVID
Sorry, it's been a while since we've contributed a new story for SAV. It's been pretty slow in the anti-vaxxer world so we've been retelling some old stories. It's interesting to check — or let's call it what it really is: snoop — five or six months later to see what's happening. We are discovering a lot of people learning to cope with long-term COVID and we're also seeing how widows of antivaxxers are moving on without them.
Let's meet 34-year-old William "Dustin" Rhodes of Cody, Wyoming. He's married to Heather Rhodes and they have five very young children.
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Dustin and Heather are very outdoorsy and avid hunters. Dustin is known to love fishing, hunting and rock-hounding (I have no clue what that even means).
Dustin didn't share a ton of anti-vaxx posts but he left us two small clues. Heather claims that she is not anti-vaxx but is koo K
pstrongly against any sort of mandate that would violate their constitutional rights.
This was summer 2020. It sounds like she'll get vaccinated.
And a year later.
Here is the start of their COVID journey. Dustin has been hospitalized with blood clots and pneumonia in both lungs.
On 10/23, Dustin went on a ventilator. I can't imagine what Heather went through, especially having five small children to worry about too.
GoFundMe is activated.
Dustin was airlifted to a hospital in SLC.
The new doctor gave her some pretty grave news.
Heather flew out to be with her husband.
She had a lot of hope that Dustin will recover.
On November 4, 2021, Dustin sadly passed away and earned his HCA.
A few days later, Dustin's mother Jamie, who is recovering from lung cancer is now COVID positive. Luckily she was able to get the monoclonal antibodies.
Dustin's mother recovered.
You can view Dustin's tribute video here.
Let's fast forward four months. Who is Jesse? An uncle, a cousin or a friend?
It's a boyfriend. It's good that Heather is able to move on with her new life. I just hope he is vaccinated.
So what happens if she decided to get buried next to her new husband?
We're still telling old stories and the occasional new one over at HCAz Facebook. We'll keep making some appearances here as we uncover SAV newsworthy ones.