Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Mother of Tyler Gilreath post on Facebook: My incredible son, Tyler Gilreath, lost his battle with a brain infection that ruptured after contracting a sinus infection that moved to his brain. The sinus infection was a result of Covid he contracted 3 days after moving to UNC Wilmington. He was very sick with Covid for about 3 weeks and but healthy before. No, he was not vaccinated. He rationalized that a healthy 20 year old that gets it "won't get that sick". I cajoled, encouraged, threatened, and nagged for him to get vaccinated. He was too busy and/or concerned about the "possible long term heart issues" but finally agreed to get it at soon as he moved at school. He didn't get the chance. I am devastated beyond belief. The only thing that brings any sense of meaning to this needless tragedy is that Tyler signed up to be an donor when he got his license. Tomorrow his body will be harvested so up to 80 people can live or enjoy more normal lives with the gift of his organs, skin, tendons, ligaments, etc. He will live on in my heart and through those recipients. I know he is with God, but the hole in my life he leaves will never go away. I love you, Son. Rest in peace.
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