A South Dakota father of five who believed coronavirus was a hoax has revealed he needs a double lung transplant to live.
Prior to contracting the novel virus in October, Nathan Foote thought it wasn’t real.
“I was a non-believer in this COVID stuff,” the 42-year-old said, according to CBS affiliate KELO. “If you would have asked me before this, I thought COVID was fake. But it’s not fake.”
Foote developed pneumonia and was hospitalized. Now doctors tell him he needs a double lung transplant to survive.
“The COVID really messed my lungs up,” Foote said. “The only thing I can explain it is, they’re scarred. My lungs are scarred.”
Due to the pandemic, there has been a drastic increase in the medical procedure and a shortage of lung donors.
“They say even if I make the list, lungs are hard to come by,” he added. “They’re hard to come by so I could be waiting forever for a pair of lungs.”
Foote needs to have the transplant within the next two months and shared the seriousness of his condition in a Facebook Live earlier in the week.
“Just so you all know, this ain’t a joke,” Foote said while hooked up to oxygen in the hospital. “I’m not going home. I’m going to die in this room right here.”
Foote, who has five children between the ages of 7 and 17, has had to have tough conversations with his family.
“I just thought I’d have a lot more time with them; a lot more years with them,” he said. “You can’t take it for granted, you know.”
While he wants others to take COVID seriously and is remaining hopeful that a lung donor will be found.
“If I’m ever going to win the lottery, then this is the time,” Foote shared. “Pray for me, man, that I get this transplant. I really need this transplant.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for Foote’s mounting medical bills and to provide for his children.