December 8th – A former Alabama congressman died last week after contracting the novel coronavirus. Before dying, he warned: “We screwed up. We relaxed our vigilance.
According to NBC on the 7th, the Alabama Medical Examinations Commission said in a statement that former Republican Senator Larry Dixon died on the 4th at the age of 78. Dixon served as the executive director of the Alabama Medical Examination Commission. Dixon’s wife, Gainell Dixon, said her husband issued a warning before his death.” We screwed it up. We relaxed our vigilance,” Dixon said. “Please tell everyone to be careful. It’s true, and if you’ve been diagnosed, get help right away.”
Dixon’s doctor, David Thrasher, said that Dixon contracted at a social gathering about two weeks ago. Dixon was treated after being diagnosed, and he also put on a ventilator as his condition worsened. Dixon’s wife, Gainel, was also diagnosed last week and is currently recovering. Slache said that Dixon’s two daughters had also been infected with the virus this year, and they have recovered and have not been infected again.
Thracher said Dixon’s last wish was to stop more people from getting infected. “He wants people to be careful, wear masks, and not to get together in social situations,” said Slacher. He said, ‘Let’s save some lives.’ Dixon has represented Senate District 25 since 1983 and retired in 2010.