The nurse lost her husband three days after her mother. She is left behind with their two sons.
One woman became the embodiment of strength and courage after she was forced to see her loved ones battling for their lives. Lizanne Jennings from Oklahoma City helplessly watched her mother and her husband pass away in front of her eyes. Even during this worst moment of her life, she did everything she could to help her loved ones leave the world in peace.
According to The New York Times, on 20 November 2020 Jennings sat by her mother Linda's bedside at the hospital. The woman who worked as a nurse knew there was nothing she could do to save her mother from death. "I’m weary and I’m miserable. I can’t do this anymore," said her mother before taking her last breath. It was heartbreaking to the woman. Coronavirus had taken away her beloved mother.
Just three days after her mother's death, Jennings sat by her husband Dennis, who was breathing with the help of the machine. The grieving woman tried to console him as he was moments away from taking his last breath. She told him that her mother was fine just to let him go away in peace.
"I said, 'OK. Mom's fine. She's back at the house. She's going to stay with me.' Because I knew he would keep fighting if I told him my mom had already died. And so they started giving him morphine and Ativan. I turned him over and I rubbed his back. I said, 'I love you.' He said, 'I love you.' And I said, 'You're going to go now, OK? You can finally be at peace,'" recounted the heartbroken woman, according to CNN.
However, despite her efforts, Dennis passed away about half an hour later. Now left behind with her children, Jennings is struggling to cope with the pain of both the deaths.
"It's just so raw. Sometimes I'm grieving for my husband and then I realize my mom's gone. And I'm grieving for my mom. I just think... oh, I'm going to go tell Dennis but then Dennis is gone. So the two people that would have been so supportive... you know, they're both gone," said Jennings.
Right from the beginning of the pandemic, Jennings knew they had to be careful. She warned her husband about the deaths of their loved ones but never imagined losing him and her mother.
According to The New York Times, the woman told her husband, "I need you to pay attention. Look at me: People we know, people we love—our family, our friends—people are going to get this virus. And people we know are going to die."
Those who knew Dennis thought he would bounce back from the illness as he was a bodybuilder. However, their hopes were shattered. Speaking of the severity of the pandemic, Jennings stated it didn't matter if you were strong or not. "It doesn't matter how strong you are... It happens no matter what. The virus keeps winning," said the mother of two to CNN.
She continued, "I couldn't save either one of them. If people don't wear masks, they don't want to wear a mask... This got brought into our home. My mom never left the house. My husband was so careful. Stop being selfish. Stop being selfish. That's all."