Mississippi woman pleads others to get vaccinated as her husband is hospitalized

Mississippi woman pleads others to get vaccinated as her husband is hospitalized
Mississippi woman pleads others to get vaccinated as her husband is hospitalized

William Ball (left), 51, is hospitalized with COVID-19 after choosing not to get vaccinated. His wife Alicia (right) is asking for members of her community to get the shots to avoid the same happening to them

William Ball (left), 51, is hospitalized with COVID-19 after choosing not to get vaccinated. His wife Alicia (right) is asking for members of her community to get the shots to avoid the same happening to them

A Mississippi woman is pleading with Americans to get vaccinated as her husband remains hospitalized following a battle with COVID-19.

William Thomas Ball, 52, had a heart attack in June, then contracted the virus only nine days later, according to a CBS News

He has remained hospitalized in St Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, ever since.

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His wife, Alicia, told CBS News that he is unvaccinated, and is hoping others get the shots when they have a chance to other families do not go through the same that hers did.

Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate in the country, as cases begin to rise in the state due to the Indian 'Delta' variant. 

'We didn't [think the virus was serious] either, at first,' Alicia told CBS News. 'I'm not gonna lie. We had no idea.' 

She said that she chose to get vaccinated, but her husband did not.

Both ended up contracting COVID-19, though she recovered quite easily.

Her unvaccinated husband is in 'extremely bad' condition she says.

'He can't even get up,' she told CBS News. 

Ball is among the 60 percent of Mississippians who have not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, the most of any state

Ball is among the 60 percent of Mississippians who have not gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, the most of any state

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Alicia detailed her husband's COVID-19 battle in a Facebook post on July 16.

'My family is in need of prayers and healing,' she wrote.

'My sweet husband is in day 8 in the hospital and will be there for a while

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