Bill Phillips, a fitness coach is currently going trending on the internet after photos showed the devastating impact Covid-19 had on his body.
Bill who rejected the vaccine, is now urging people to get vaccinated.
The coach first caught Covid in January 2020, with a test showing that he had antibodies convincing him that he didn’t need the vaccine, according to 9News.
However, the former fitness guru has now revealed that he wishes he had gotten vaccinated, after he caught Covid again in June 2021 and spent the last two months in the hospital.
According to Phillip’s wife Maria, who spoke to the outlet, she and her husband had initially thought he had a sinus infection when he became sick the second time.
When the 56-year-old’s health worsened, Maria rushed him to the emergency room at St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he was intubated for 47 days and did not wake up for 18 days, 9News reports.
“Bill was so strong and independent and worked out and did all these things,” she said. “Now he’s in a wheel chair. He can’t walk. He can’t exercise. He’s on oxygen.”
Bill will be discharged from the hospital 70 pounds lighter.
“It didn’t help that I could bench press 300 pounds or run a mile straight up a hill,” he said. “I’ve been in a lot of pain and I have lost a lot, but I have gained a new outlook on life that is for sure.”
If he had a chance to do it again, he would do it differently. The Phillips are using their experience to encourage others to get the vaccine.