Attorney Billy Loredo tested positive for COVID-19 on November 16th, shortly after his secretary came in saying she felt like she had allergies and then tested positive herself.
WFAA reports that his wife, Sonya Kypuros, says they worked in separate rooms and wore masks around each other, but they think that was likely how he contracted it.
She too came down with COVID and recovered. Loredo’s condition worsened and he died on December 13th.
Tragically, this is a very common story in the U.S. right now. Loredo’s case is gaining national attention because of a heartbreaking letter he wrote to Kypuros as he struggled in the hospital.
The letter reads:
I want you to know that I am fighting very hard every day for my life. I do it for you so that I can see you again. You are the most important person in my life and I miss you every day. I know I am not always the perfect man I want to be, but I do my best.
You, for me, have always been perfect, even when I say you are not and I get mad. 99% of the time I am wrong and you are right and I love that. If I make it through this I promise to be a better man, in God, in life, and as a husband. You have always deserved the best and I get a second chance I will do it.
If I don’t make it, I want you to know that I lived a happy wonderful life with you and would never have traded it for all the riches in the world. I also want you to be happy and continue to live your life without me and with no regrets. We had our time and it was wonderful. I love you and miss you very much. I will keep fighting.
Kypuros says she is sharing the letter because she wants people to understand how the virus is real and ravaging people still. Loredo had no underlying health conditions and resisted being intubated as long as possible. His wife had to watch the process over FaceTime.
“I kept telling him that he would be OK, that he would get through this and that he would come back to me,” Kypuros said. “It’s just awful that I couldn’t be there to hold his hand, and that he was fighting there for his life by himself.”