Texas Pastor Who Nearly Died of COVID to Preach Vaccination: NPR


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Pastor Danny Reeves of Texas plans to share his own dire experience with COVID-19 with his congregation and encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.


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Pastor Danny Reeves of Texas plans to share his own dire experience with COVID-19 with his congregation and encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.

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Last month, Pastor Danny Reeves fought for his life in the ICU at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He had COVID-19 and was not vaccinated.

Now the senior pastor of First Baptist Corsicana in north-central Texas regrets not being shot sooner, and he plans to tell his parishioners his story on Sunday when he returns to the pulpit.

“I was wrongly and wrongly overconfident,” Reeves told NPRs morning edition.

Reeves says he is not against vaccines, and he encouraged certain people in his community – mostly seniors – to get vaccinated before contracting the coronavirus. But he thought it wouldn’t be a problem getting the virus as he is in his 40s and generally healthy.

Reeves describes his experience at the hospital as “distressing.” At one point during his two-night stay in the ICU, a doctor told Reeves that he might die.

Weeks later, Reeves is still recovering.

“It destroyed my healthy body,” he said. “There is no doubt.”

COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in North Texas and forecasts indicate they may soon reach last winter’s peak.

Of his first service back, Reeves says, “We’re going to praise God together for His salvation. I’m going to lay out lessons I’ve learned…And I’m definitely going to talk directly to our people about who we can and should be as God’s people and what it really means to love our neighbor.”

Reeves says he plans to get vaccinated as soon as his doctor tells him it’s safe to do so.

This story originally appeared on the morning edition live blog.

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