Unvaxxed sheriff's deputy, 31, who nearly died of COVID gets the shot the day ...

Unvaxxed sheriff's deputy, 31, who nearly died of COVID gets the shot the day ...
Unvaxxed sheriff's deputy, 31, who nearly died of COVID gets the shot the day ...

An unvaccinated sheriff's deputy who nearly died of COVID after dismissing the danger posed by the virus said he immediately got the vaccine after leaving hospital.   

Lt. Kaylon McDaniel, 31, of the Jefferson County sheriff's detective office in Arkansas is grateful to be alive after spending four months in the hospital, and got his COVID-19 vaccine upon being discharged on November 4.

McDaniel shared his survival story with Arkansas Online, telling the paper he spent months in a medically induced coma after he was diagnosed with COVID back in July. 

Explaining his change of heart on the seriousness of COVID, he said: 'Take it serious, get vaccinated. I didn't take it serious at the beginning. Look what I went through.' 

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Lt. Kaylon McDaniel's co-workers and family started a prayer group on Facebook after his conditioned worsened (pictured in hospital)

Lt. Kaylon McDaniel's co-workers and family started a prayer group on Facebook after his conditioned worsened (pictured in hospital)

Lt. Kaylon McDaniel said he regrets not taking COVID-19 seriously enough and has since been vaccinated

Lt. Kaylon McDaniel said he regrets not taking COVID-19 seriously enough and has since been vaccinated

On July 25 the 31-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma before being airlifted to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock

On July 25 the 31-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma before being airlifted to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock

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The cop also told of his shock on waking up for the first time after being put into a coma in July and being told it was September.

He said: 'Well I guess I went into the hospital in July when I woke up it was September.

'If you ever had surgery you know waking up from a surgery that's what it felt like.

'You know it was it was kind of shocking to me, but I couldn't talk at the time so you know I couldn't really express what was going on.

'But I could see, you know, I had to look at the news, kind of figure out, okay is it really September, or somebody playing a joke on me

'You know I thought it was a joke or something you know for a while I didn't believe it.' 

McDaniel recalled testing positive for the virus on July 10 after catching it on the Fourth of July, although he doesn't know how or where he contracted the virus. 

He said after trying to beat it at home he began to experience shortness of breath and was taken to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit where he was diagnosed with 'severe COVID-19' and pneumonia. 

From there things only got worse.

'When I first got to JRMC they had me on straight oxygen,' McDaniel said. 'Later on I

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