A 58-year-old Florida father died of COVID-19 last month despite being fully vaccinated.
Vincent Konidare, 58, of Palm Beach, died of COVID-19 on September 19 after spending a month in the hospital battling the virus, despite the fact that he had been given the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine back in March.
“He did what he was supposed to do,” his wife Jamie told WPBF. “He did what he was told to do. He was trying to protect his family, and he just felt like it was the right thing to do. He felt that if he did get Covid, he would not die, that it would save him.”
Jamie explained that her husband had no preexisting conditions, yet he tested positive for COVID-19 on August 2. At first, he only had a cough at first, but his symptoms soon worsened to the point where he had to be rushed to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and put on a ventilator. Doctors eventually told Jamie that Konidare was no longer able to get oxygen through any means.
“They called us and said, ‘You know, we just can’t give him any more oxygen. He’s getting 100%, and he’s failing,’ and at that point, we all went to the hospital, and we got there just in time to say goodbye,” Jaime said.
“I just want people to know: This was a great guy,” she added. “He was an amazing husband, an amazing father, he was a beautiful, handsome, strong, healthy, kindhearted guy who was loved by so many people. The outpouring of love just never stopped.”
Konidare also was a patriot who loved America with all his heart. In fact, his wife said that one of the last texts that she received from him in the hospital was a request for her to lower their American flag in honor of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan in August.
“It’s unimaginable grief,” said Jaime. “We have just this incredible village of people who have surrounded us, picked us up when we needed to be picked up.”
Jamie and her husband met back in 1985 at the Palm Beach Post, where he worked for 36 years.
“He was just a wonderful guy. He was funny. He was sweet. He was generous, honest, loyal – everything that a woman could possibly want in a man, he was. A great father. When he worked at the Palm Beach Post, he was a great manager,” she recalled. “(Staff at the Palm Beach Post) loved him. He got the job done. He was very stern, but he was fair, and he respected and loved them, so he was a great guy.”
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