I lost my brother, Bob Harris, to COVID in December of 2020.
Bob was a radio personality at KFGO for 40 years. I was his baby sister, and I was his only sibling left in Fargo. Our families time together every week, and always spent holidays together.
Bob was very active in the community with the local music and arts scene, and also very involved with local charities. He not only did his radio show, but also many live events and podcasts.
In mid-November 2020, Bob was not feeling well, so he went and got tested for COVID. He found out on November 23rd, his 65th birthday, that he was positive. Two days later, on Thanksgiving, he called and told me he was out of breath and couldn’t walk without running into walls. I told him to call 911, and he was admitted to the hospital.
It was very difficult for Bob to talk while he was in the hospital. He was on oxygen and was sleeping quite a bit. The following Saturday, Bob’s doctor called me and said that Bob has somehow taken his bipap off, and he’d gone into cardiac arrest. They had revived him, then he went into cardiac arrest again. Bob was kept in a medical coma after that, but was never able to come back from it.
Bob was extubated on December 11th and passed away a few hours later. We had to say good-bye to Bob over Zoom, which was absolutely the hardest part.
As a family, we all decided it was best to postpone the funeral service until we’d all been vaccinated and felt safe to get together. We finally got to have the service in May.
Bob’s son, who is disabled, was the light of Bob’s life. Losing Bob has left a huge hole in his heart, and so many other hearts. Dozens of people have reached out and told stories of how he touched their lives. He meant so much to so many.
If Bob had been able to, I know he would have gotten vaccinated immediately. If only he’d survived a couple more months, he’d have been first in line.
I know too many people who have lost some one, or had negative lasting effects from COVID. Sadly, some that could have been vaccinated. You can prevent this from happening to more people, simply by getting the vaccine.