"He took care of me and took care of everyone so I'm not surprised he wrote that," said his wife.
Millions of people have lost their loved ones to COVID-19, and continue to do so. It's heartbreaking every single time. One woman from Texas recently faced the death of her partner, but before passing away the caring husband made sure that she knows how he feels about her.
Billy Loredo was only 45 when he passed away on December 13 at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas. Shortly before passing away, he emailed his wife, Sonya Kypuros, a letter that shows how hard he fought to live, and how much he loved her.
"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," he wrote, according to Kiro7.
"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 if 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. Love, Billy," he added.
His wife feels that he was "trying to give me permission to be happy without him," reported People. She said that reading the letter was "hard" but she was not astonished that he wrote it. "He took care of me and took care of everyone so I'm not surprised he wrote that," she said.
The 45-year-old Texan lawyer caught the virus on November 16 from his secretary, who had mild symptoms. "She came in and said she felt like she had some allergies," his brother, Pete Loredo, said to Kiro7. "He told her to get tested immediately. She was positive and then he was positive," he said. His wife, Sonya, also tested positive for the virus.
Billy had mild symptoms initially but it escalated. "Like he would have a fever at night, but not all day long. For a week he actually seemed OK. But it just turned quickly south from one moment to the next," she said. "He woke up early on Thanksgiving telling me that he was having breathing problems," added Sonya. Billy's family decided to take him to the local hospital then.
He fought hard for two weeks to not be "put on a ventilator," she was quoted as saying by Kiro7. Eventually, he had to be intubated, and she couldn't even be with him because of hospital policy. The couple would video chat often. "I kept telling him that he would be OK, that he would get through this and that he would come back to me," said his wife of 21 years. "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."
Sony shared a message with others after losing her husband. "Be mindful of who you could get it from or who you could give this to," she said. Pete also shared that he doesn't "know how this virus chooses or doesn’t choose its hosts to cause the pathological damage that it does." He was stunned because his brother had no underlying illnesses. He added, "If it finds the right victim, it is a killing machine."
Billy is survived by "his wife, Sonya Kypuros; his mother, Maria Loredo; a brother, Pedro Loredo III; mother and father-in-law, Jose and Mari Kypuros; numerous other relatives and a host of friends," as per his obituary.