‘It isn’t a hoax’: Alberta family grieves as father lays dying of COVID-19 in B.C. hospital

‘It isn’t a hoax’: Alberta family grieves as father lays dying of COVID-19 in B.C. hospital

An Alberta family is living out its worst nightmare as a man who is a husband, father and grandfather lies in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Prince George, B.C., dying of COVID-19.

Brent Renner is 64 years old. His 65th birthday is in exactly one month but his family doesn’t expect he’ll be alive to celebrate it.

On Nov. 1, he drove from Lethbridge to Prince George to launch a new division of his trucking company and prepare accommodations for his drivers.

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But when he arrived, he told his kids he felt exhausted.

“He felt like he just needed to sleep, to get rested up,” explained his daughter, Jennifer Bradley.

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“His speech was really laboured, so when we talked to himt, it was very hard for him to speak.”

Bradley was at home in St. Albert. She and her siblings encouraged their dad to see a doctor.

“We said, ‘It’s not going to be COVID(-19), you’re just going to need a little something to help you get over this chest cold or infection or whatever it might be.’”

Hoping he’d feel better, Renner turned up his oxygen and used his inhalers more often, but neither worked.

Two days later, an ambulance took Renner to the hospital in Prince George.

“Within one hour, he wrote back and said, ‘I’m COVID positive,’” Bradley said.…

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