Dad fighting for survival after ‘son went out with friends without a mask’

South Florida, US: A desperate family of five has found itself living the coronavirus nightmare.

Each of the family members has been infected with COVID-19 and they are of the mind that it all happened because one of the boys didn’t take the situation seriously. And now, his 42-year-old father is in the hospital fighting for survival.

“Worried about John in the hospital every single minute.” 


Posted by John Place on Sunday, June 30, 2019

Michelle Zymet’s husband, John, has been on a ventilator for more than two weeks and his whole family has fallen ill with COVID-19. 

The couple believes this happened because their 21-year-old son went to a friend’s house and took his mask off.

“He went to someone’s home and there was a few people there and I’m sure they were eating, drinking and they felt it was time to take the mask off. No one seemed to be sick. Everybody is fine. We’re not going to get anything. Just relax and enjoy the night,” Michelle said.

The Past few weeks have really been a whirlwind of emotions for me from shock to devastating, scary, chaotic and a hell…

Posted by Michelle Zymet on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

She added that she had conversations with her son about taking the pandemic seriously.

“I pleaded with him every time he left the house. ‘Please wear your mask, take sanitizer, make sure you’re washing your hands.’ He assured me, ‘Don’t worry mom, I’m doing everything right, relax and chill,’” she said.

Michelle made a Facebook video in which she talks about what she and her family are going through right now. 

What having COVID-19 has done to my family 😩💔 Please continue praying for John Place and that his body can heal and fight this evil virus 🙏🏻🙏🏻💜💜 God Bless you All! Stay safe ❤️ Ashley Berlin Michelle Meyers Hiotis

Posted by Michelle Zymet on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Some of their friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help with John’s hospital bills. 

The mother and father own Fun Photo Booth, which has been economically devastated by the shutdowns.

Michelle is currently urging young people around the world to be more careful.

“This is not a joke. This is a deadly devastating disease that is affecting millions of people across the world,” she said. “You need to listen and understand that you’ve got to take the necessary precautions. Just wear the mask, at least wear your mask, try to wash your hands as often as you can.

“You need to take care of your family. You don’t know at what point in time, let your guard one time and you come home and infect the entire house. We’re five people all infected with the virus and we’re the lucky ones that didn’t get affected the way my husband John is. But he’s fighting for his life. Literally every single minute in that hospital.”

The broken mother told CBS4 that her husband is fighting pneumonia and internal bleeding.

See Michelle’s appearance on CNN in the video below. 

Was just on CNN and MSNBC today sharing John’s story and trying to bring awareness to the severity of this virus and how it’s affected our home! Channel 7 will also be doing a story on it at 6pm, if you want to tune in! Please watch and share if possible! Keep the prayers coming for John Place! God Bless. 🙏🏻🙏🏻💜💜🙏🏻🙏🏻CNNGofundme:

Posted by Michelle Zymet on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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