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An unvaccinated 20-year-old sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington died from COVID-19 complications this week after repeatedly resisting to get the shot, his distraught mother said.
Tyler Gilreath tested positive for the illness on Aug. 20 — just three days after moving onto campus — and he later developed a debilitating sinus infection that spread to his brain, the student’s mom, Tamra Demello told the News & Observer.
After three weeks of battling serious sickness, and multiple operations, Gilreath was taken off life support on Monday after doctors informed the family he wasn’t going to make it.
“I am devastated beyond belief,” Demello wrote in a Facebook post announcing the tragic news.
Demello wrote that she “cajoled, encouraged, threatened, and nagged” her son to get vaccinated.
He kept refusing, insisting he wouldn’t get sick as a