A 34-year-old California man has passed away due to the coronavirus.
Jeffrey Ghazarian, from Glendora, CA, had tested positive for the virus just days ago and two weeks after visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida, TMZ reports.
He died at Pasadena hospital after 5 days on a ventilator to assist his struggled breathing, his family reveals.
"He suffered a lot and put up a good fight. We will miss our Jeff everyday but we are thankful for all the fun happy memories of the times we had together," his sister says.
According to his family, Ghazarian had flown from LA to Orlando on March 2 for a work conference, but ended up staying a few days extra to visit Disney World and Universal theme parks alongside some friends. It wasn't until March 7 that he developed a cough, which ultimately led to him coughing up blood.
Flying back to LA on March 9, he immediately visited the ER where he was determined to have a high fever.
It was determined that Ghazarian had pneumonia and was sent home with fluids and antibiotics while he awaited the results of his COVID-19 test. He self-quarantined during that time.
The test came back positive on March 13. On March 14, he was taken to the hospital by ambulance and transferred to the ICU. Doctors determined that his lungs were 60-70 percent blocked with pneumonia during this time.
Unfortunately, despite being sedated and hooked up to a ventilator, he was not medicated in time and ultimately passed away on Thursday.
Ghazarian was considered an at-risk patient, considering his history of childhood asthma and bronchitis. He had also overcome testicular cancer in 2016. The CDC has put out warnings for young people, saying they are at high risk for getting the virus.