Deb's Story

Morris, MN

We were married 35 years, he was my soulmate, best friend and the love of my life.

My husband, Gary Brunko passed away May 1, 2021.


Positive For Covid


My husband Gary passed away on May 1, 2021. We were married 35 years, he was my soulmate, best friend, and the love of my life. On April 6, 2021, he came down with Covid and 3 days later I got it. We were both very sick, especially with the cough. Gary had a history of mild COPD. He started running a fever so on the 14th he called the clinic to see if he could get some medicine. Of course, they said he had to be tested for Covid. We were told to drive up to the back of the clinic and a nurse would come out and do the test. I was not tested because the only one I would take was the saliva test and they didn't do that at the clinic. He got a call back later that he tested positive, and they prescribed some cough syrup and two other meds (can't remember what they were). On the 20th he was not any better so the doctor said I should take him to the ER.

Going to the ER

"I may not see you again."

While getting ready to go he said, "I may not see you again." I can't remember how I responded. I feel so guilty because of that. I pulled up to the ER entrance, they came out with a wheelchair and got him and that is the last time I saw him until the day they took him off the ventilator. I never dreamt that he wouldn't come home from the hospital. I can't remember if I told him I loved him at that point. I knew nothing about Remdesivir or the ventilator. People told me that the ventilator would give his lungs time to heal. The doctor said he had lung damage from the COPD and the Covid. While in our local hospital they started Remdesivir and told us that he might have to be transferred to a bigger hospital in case he needed a ventilator.


The Deadly Treatment


“He was retaining fluid which now I know was because of the Remdesivir.”

Two days later (the 22nd) he was transferred. They finished the Remdesivir treatment there. I could see from a couple of pictures that he sent me that he was retaining fluid which now I know was because of the Remdesivir. We were able to text and tried to have a couple of phone calls but with the bi-pap mask on and being short of breath he had trouble talking. They were turning him every so often and they told us that it was taking longer and longer for his blood pressure to come back up after turning. By this time, I had turned all the communicating with the doctors and nurses over to my oldest son.

Approved to Say Goodbye


“I know now that they killed my husband.”

On Saturday, May 1st I got a call that they were going to take him off the ventilator and we should come to the hospital. They were only going to let 2 people in to see him, but I said I have two sons and I want both of them there. They had to get approval to allow the 3 of us in his room. We got to say our goodbyes, but he was not conscious. I know now that they killed my husband. I have since then requested his medical records and found out they also gave him Dexamethasone.

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