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‘I never thought that at 34 I would be a widow,’ Johnson City woman warns Covid doesn’t only affect elderly

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Aside from the victims of The Coronavirus, some of the people most impacted by the pandemic are their loved ones.

Johnson City resident Angela Estelle was just starting her life with her husband Jim, who's she's been married to for five years.

"I never thought that at 34 I would be a widow," said Estelle.

She sat down with 12 News just a week after Jim lost his battle to Covid-19. Estelle explained both of them tested positive in January and Jim was hospitalized shortly after. Jim had some health issues in the past, but nothing that made her too concerned.

"I kept asking him do you have any trouble breathing do you have any tightness in your chest. Nothing, until all of a sudden he did," she explained.

Jim was only 50 years old. Which is why Angela wanted to tell his story.

"I've heard a lot that it's only old people and so one of the things is that I want people to realize is it's not," Angela told 12 News. "So that is definitely something that's hard to come to grips with because it's not."

Angela now is faced with grieving her husband, and a lack of financial support. Instead of splitting bills, she now has to pay for their home, car and utilities on her own. She explained she was surprised by the lack of services and help for those who lose a husband or wife to Covid.

"I'm going to do everything that I can to share my story and I know there's a lot of people who know Jim's story now and I will continue to keep sharing it because it is real it's very real," she said.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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