A Texas man who helped organize protests against pandemic restrictions fighting for his life after being admitted for nearly a month with COVID-19, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.
His wife, Jessica Wallace, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that she had a “discouraging update” about her husband, Caleb.
“She is OK. He’s not looking in our favor, “he said.” His lungs are stiff due to fibrosis. They called and said his options were exhausted and asked me if he would consent to me not resuscitating. And it would depend on us when leave the treatments ”.
“My heart can’t. I can’t imagine my life without him. “
Caleb Wallace, a 30-year-old father of three, has been unconscious, ventilated and heavily sedated in the ICU at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo since Aug. 8, the Standard-Times reported. His wife said on a GoFundMe page for medical and household bills that he was intubated several times, had high fevers, infection and bleeding in his chest.
In July, Caleb Wallace helped organize “The Freedom Rally,” an event that declared itself a protest against the “government that controls our lives.” He also founded “The San Angelo Freedom Defenders,” which organized a rally last year to “end the COVID tyranny.”
He wrote a letter in April to the San Angelo Independent School District and it was published by a local media outlet demanding that the school district “immediately terminate ALL COVID-related policies”. He falsely claimed that wearing masks had harmful effects on children and that there was “little evidence that masks worked for anyone.”
When he first felt symptoms on July 26, his wife told the Standard-Times that he refused to get tested or seek medical attention. Instead, he began being treated with a cocktail of vitamin C, zinc, aspirin and ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug that has been falsely promoted as an effective treatment for COVID-19 by conservative media. He was taken to hospital on July 30.
Jessica Wallace told the Standard-Times that she was “less conservative” than her husband and that she personally wears a mask.
“Caleb was telling me,‘ You know masks won’t save you, ’but he understood he wanted to wear them,” he said. “It gives me comfort to know that maybe, just maybe, I’m protecting someone or avoiding it myself.”
The story of the Wallace family comes amid a debate over masks across Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order banning mask warrants. Some local officials have fought or challenged the order, creating a confusing mosaic of rules in more than 200 counties.
This has continued amid a new wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Texas, driven by the virulent and highly contagious delta variant of the virus. Approximately 47% of Texas ’eligible population has been completely vaccinated.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.