Six weeks later, his mother, Dorothy Pitts, got sick and needed a ventilator.
His brother, Marvin Jr., also ended up in the hospital and didn’t recover.
Once his family fell ill, Eric got tested twice and was negative both times. Days later, he felt sick and ended up at Mount Sinai’s emergency room, where he spent two weeks fighting for his life.
Eric Pitts documented videos fight to recovery, click the links below
"You had the loss of your father, and while you’re in the hospital, your brother passed," Eric said. "Me watching his funeral on Facebook live, and there’s nothing I can do being overcome from grief. Eric realize that his oldest brother which has the same birth date of October 5, as him and his youngest brother, so not only has he dealt with the loss of his brother, but birthdays will never be the same."
Overcome with grief, Eric relied on his faith and plasma treatments to recover, but it was the loss of his mother that really tested his strength. He says she was committed to serving her community, and that they used to talk every day.
“I can hear her voice saying, you need to get your butt up and do what I taught you to do," Eric said.
Eric admits he’s angry and sad, but he’s trying to focus on what matters - like memories.
"We were able to enjoy each other, not knowing that was going to be our last time fellowshipping," he said. "We danced and sang songs together.”
"Those numbers are real, there are people dying every day from this virus," Eric said. "When the Twin Towers came down, the U.S. was in an uproar. We need that same drive for COVID-19 bc we’re losing loved ones daily.”
Now he wants to keep his mother’s memory alive by doing what she loved -- helping others. He hopes to open society’s eyes to the virus that ravaged his family.
Dr. Dorothy Pitts was not only the mother of her four children but was also the mother to her local community. Dr. Pitts has done great work in her community for over 25 years. Her business Superior Referral Service gave her community job placements, on the job training and residential placements for people to live. Dr. Pitts had her own talk show every Wednesday with prominent people across the nation as a guess speaker for the uplifting of our city and bringing awareness to listeners on daily activities that would empower us as a community and individually. A proclamation was awarded to Dr. Pitts for being a pioneer and great servant of our city. Dr. Pitts created a nonprofit organization that she passed down to her children called A New hope for Society's Youth, in hopes of continuously uplifting and empowering the youth.
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