Top Stories

‘She was close to death’: Man shares story of wife’s battle with possible COVID-19 infection

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across our region, more and more people are coming forward with how their loved ones are being affected.

Brian Stypula said COVID-19 became very real for his family after his wife Beth’s condition rapidly worsened.

Have questions about the spread of the coronavirus? We have an entire section dedicated to coverage of the outbreak. CLICK HERE for more.

However, he – and her doctor – still aren’t sure if it’s coronavirus or not.

It started with a cough, which is not uncommon for Stypula’s wife. She has emphysema and an autoimmune condition, but her symptoms quickly escalated into something beyond that.

By the time a fever developed, her condition changed rapidly.

“She was completely out of breath, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t talk … barely could walk,” said Stypula. “Sunday she was close to death, I’m not going to lie. She was very close to losing it all. We were in panic mode.”

Watch the video above as Channel 11’s Amy Hudak talks with him about why she isn’t being treated for coronavirus yet.