‘Mama, I don’t want to die’: 20-year-old daycare teacher’s haunting final words to her mom before she was intubated and died of COVID

Idaho governor's office said nearly all of the new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been among unvaccinated residents

  • Cleo Shepherd, 20, died in Boise, Idaho, hospital, on September 20, two weeks after contracting COVID-19 
  • Mother Summer Carr said during her last conversation with Cleo before she was intubated, patient said she did not want to die 
  • It is unknown whether Shepherd had been vaccinated because her mother declined to discuss her status 
  • Idaho governor’s office said nearly all of the new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been among unvaccinated residents 
  • Idaho is among the worst states in the nation for the rate of new COVID cases; only 51 per cent of all eligible residents are fully vaccinated 

An Idaho mother says the last thing her 20-year-old daughter told her before she was intubated and placed into a medically induced coma while being treated for COVID-19 was, ‘Mama, I don’t want to die.’

Summer Carr told the station KTVB that she assured her daughter, Cleo Shepherd, that she was going to survive. On Monday, the young woman suffered organ failure and died without ever regaining consciousness.

Shepherd lived in Ontario, Oregon, and worked as a daycare teacher when she contracted COVID two weeks ago, ultimately resulting in her hospitalization

The rolling average number of daily new coronavirus cases has increased by nearly 53 per cent over the past two weeks.

Vaccination rates have been climbing in the state, but very slowly, and Idaho recently had to throw out unused vaccine doses because they expired, said Sarah Leeds, manager of the Idaho Immunization Program.


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  1. “placed in a medically induced coma”? “intubated”? That is a fine reaction to a breathing problem. Let’s see; sedation lowers respiratory function; so lets stuff some medical hardware down his throat and blow in some air. Medical science or quackery.

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