Friday, December 4, 2020 turned the world upside down for Nicholas Sweeney and his grandfather, Gary Sweeney. A week prior on November 27th, Gary drove his daughter (Nicholas’ Mom) to the hospital when they realized she may have been battling Covid-19 for a number of days. Her diagnosis was confirmed. Beth Sweeney was admitted to the hospital for treatment. She responded well at first, but in the early morning hours of December 4th, Beth’s heart stopped and they could not bring her back. The local Health Department informed Gary and Nicholas that they needed to finish quarantine before having a funeral, since they had been exposed. They followed all the quarantine guidelines given and held a funeral for Beth on December 8th. On December 9th, Gary became ill with symptoms of Covid-19. His illness came on fast. After taking him to the hospital for treatment, Nick and family that attended the funeral went in to another quarantine period with rounds of testing for coronavirus. Gary is struggling, and the nurses and doctors are doing all they can to treat the virus aggressively. On December 22 Gary was put on a ventilator because he is struggling to breath on his own. Recovery will be a long road, and the doctors believe he will be in the hospital for several weeks. Gary is holding on physically, but the loss of his daughter and this illness are taking a heavy toll on the Army veteran and retired Police Officer.
This has left Nicholas Sweeney, Beth's only son and Gary's grandson, alone and suddenly responsible for managing the household, legal paperwork for his mother and numerous medical and funeral bills. Nick is currently a full time student in college, due to graduate this coming May of 2021. While worrying about his grandfather, and grieving the loss of his mother, Nick is struggling to figure out how to balance finishing school with finding a job to pay off his student loans, his mother's funeral expenses that were not entirely covered by life insurance, and other household bills.
I know many people are struggling during these difficult times, and are stretched thin financially. Any amount of donation would be greatly appreciated to help alleviate the strain of this unfortunate situation.
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