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After son dies of COVID, family encourages people to get vaccinated, Kansas mom says

Kaitlyn Alanis, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Parenting News

Before Tyler Blaylock died of COVID-19, his mom said he wished he had been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Tyler’s family wishes that, too.

He died following his bout with COVID-19 on Sept. 16 at the University of Kansas Health System - St. Francis Campus in Topeka, Kansas.

Tyler tested positive for coronavirus on Aug. 16, WIBW reported. And in just five days, Tyler was struggling to breath.

“It went so fast, it was like a tornado,” his mom, Kayla, told the station.

In an email to McClatchy News, Kayla said in the beginning and because of Tyler’s allergies, it was recommended that he not get the shot.

Kayla told Tyler’s story on public Facebook posts.


“All I can do is share our story and heartbreak,” she wrote. “I don’t know if having the vaccine would or would not have saved Tyler’s life but I promise you if I had it to do over he would have been vaccinated.”

She wrote that she was dismayed by a doctor’s comments about her son wishing he’d gotten vaccinated, and responded by saying, “Of course he wished that, we all do. But what good comes out of saying that to a 20 year old kid.”

The Topeka 20-year-old was a “beloved son, brother, teammate, and friend,” and now his family has established the Tyler Blaylock Foundation in hopes of saving the lives of others , and to remind parents to be an advocate for their child’s heath.

“I just want everyone to get Vaccinated,” Kayla wrote on Facebook.


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