Tragic Story of a Young, Healthy Woman Dying of Coronavirus As Told By Her Boyfriend
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Natasha S. Ott, a healthy 39-year-old with no prior health conditions experienced “respiratory cold” and “tiny fever”. She worked for Crescent Care as a social worker for clients who are HIV positive. They sent her home, but didn’t test her – she was told she was low-risk. 11 days later on March 21, she passed away from coronavirus as per her boyfriend Josh Anderson. This is her story.
In the Facebook post, he writes, “she was a profoundly kind, passionate, funny and loving 39-year-old woman in good health. She was a Peace Corps alumni who liked to curse… and she loved those who were fortunate enough to be close to her with every ounce of her heart.”
He added on, “the absolute least-interesting thing about her was the way that she died, but I’d like to talk about that here now because I’d like everyone to wake-up to the reality of what we are facing.”
Timeline Of Natasha Dying From Coronavirus
On Tuesday, March 10th Natasha wrote josh, to tell him she was feeling a bit sick, “Like a respiratory cold. Tiny fever.”
On March 11th Natasha wrote, “I tried to go to Ochsner today to get a flu test and they told me it would be a week before I could see my PCP. I ended up getting it at work. We only have 5 coronavirus tests at my clinic. I declined to take one so someone else could.”
Natasha, as described by Josh, worked for Crescent Care – an organization dedicated to providing treatment to people who are HIV positive. This organization had 5 coronavirus tests available on March 11th, Natasha refused to use one.
The flu test she did take came back negative.
On Friday, March 13th Natasha wrote to Josh, “Hey, they don’t think I need to get tested unless I develop a fever. All looks well.”
On Sunday, March 15th she wrote to Josh, “Hey, I’m not feeling so hot still. I may be testing at work tomorrow. I’m probably fine. I just tried to drink some medicinal whiskey and feel unwell. I’m ok. I love you.”
On Monday, March 16th Josh asked her if he could visit her and bring her some Pho, and she wrote back, “nothing, thank you. I’m ok. I don’t have an appetite.”
Natasha did get tested for Coronavirus on March 16th and was told it would take up to 5 days to get back the results.
On the following Tuesday, March 17th Josh asked her “How you feelin?” and she wrote back “Ok :)”
On Wednesday, March 18th she messaged him, “I walked Zola (her dog) and am worn out.” She also wrote, “I just want to drink whiskey” and then went on to send josh an article about a 25-year old man that claimed whiskey cured his coronavirus.
She also texted, “I don’t want to be sick anymore” and “I just don’t understand why I don’t feel much better yet.”
On Thursday, March 18th she wrote to Josh, “Also if you’re offering dog walking services today, I’d like to place a request.”
She also wrote “This moms soup from WFs is the tits,” and “I feel like if I had to go into battle, I’d rather have an ax than a sword,” and, “I think Zola is worried about me.”
Josh went by the following evening to walk her dog, Zola and said Natasha was feeling better and had more energy than she’d had in days. She walked Zola with him although she did complain that felt like ‘something’ was in her lungs.
Her Coronavirus Results Were Delayed
In his post, Josh wrote that “she also mentioned that her Coronavirus test results were delayed, and likely wouldn’t come back until Monday.” They made plans to watch a movie together on Friday.
On Friday, March 19th she wrote to josh, “good morning! I love you.” To which he replied, “morning, sunshine. How you feeling?”
He regrets not expressing his feelings for her, “I very much wish I’d said “I love you” back.”
She sent her last message to josh at 8:36 a.m. in response to his previous message, “A little better and hopeful. The herbs seems to be helping.”
At 6:54 p.m. Josh texted Natasha and got no reply. So he called her twice, still nothing. He then texted her “I’m getting nervous. Just called twice. Text or call me soon. If I don’t hear from you within the hour I’m coming over there to check on you.”
Josh went to Natasha’s house around 8 and no one answered the door, so then he walked to the back of Natasha’s house and noticed the rear door that opened into her fenced yard was open. As per Josh, she left it open so Zola could go in and out.
He went in through the back door and found her dead in her kitchen.
He writes, “for those of you not fortunate enough to have known her – know this: it’s an immeasurable loss. And seeing a woman I knew to be so full of life lying on the floor lifeless was devastating. I was afraid to touch her. I held her anyway.”
Her Coronavirus test results have still not come back, this a story from her boyfriend’s point of view. For more information on coronavirus, please visit the Center For Disease Control and Prevention.