GLOUCESTER, Virginia – A mother of eight from Gloucester is fighting for her life after contracting COVID-19.
“As soon as they checked his oxygen levels, they said ‘You really have to go to the hospital,'” Brian Bayford said of his wife.
Today, 25 days later, Dorothy Bayford, 56, is on a ventilator.
“My wife’s life runs from hour to hour, it is day to day. We don’t know what’s going to happen from point to point, ”said Brian Bayford.
Brian Bayford posted constant updates on Facebook and said he received comments from people in 11 different countries and 34 different states.
“Some people send me messages saying, ‘I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but we pray for you and your wife every day.’ That kind of support is just amazing and just melts me away, ”said Brian Bayford. “She is sedated and I read her messages every day. I read, I listen to music, that stuff makes a big difference. “
He said the response from complete strangers had been overwhelming, but said a small number of comments had been harsh, regarding the couple not getting the shot.
Brian Bayford said the couple both contracted COVID-19 at the same time. He got better, but Dorothy got worse.
This family has been through a lot after Brian Bayford says his first wife died in a car crash.
Her three daughters, who were also in the car, survived the crash. Dorothy Bayford has two sons, then the couple adopted three more daughters, bringing the total to eight children.
“I was the worst of the eight. My mom said I gave her most of her gray hair, ”Jazzmine Bayford said. She said there were 18 grandchildren and two more on the way.
Now they all get together and pray, even outside Dorothy’s hospital window before being allowed in, when she still tested positive for COVID-19.
“She won’t stop fighting. She’s definitely a fighter, ”said Jace Harris, the oldest child.
Now Dorothy’s family say they are fundraising to help pay the medical bills.
Brian Bayford said Dorothy is the love of her life and called on everyone to show more love for each other as our country grapples with the pandemic.
“We no longer need separation in this country in any way. People have to support each other and people have to love each other, ”said Brian Bayford.
To donate to the family’s GoFundMe, click here.