A Ukrainian fitness influencer who never believed in the existence of COVID-19 has just died from it.
Dmitriy Stuzhuk is a 33-year-old fitness influencer on Instagram where he gives his 1.1. million followers health and fitness advice. Stuzhuk ended up sharing the news of his diagnosis from his hospital bed. The influencer said he woke up struggling to breathe normally during a trip to Turkey, saying he developed a cough the next day, Yaron Steinbuch of the New York Post writes.
The man got tested for the virus after he came from Ukraine, that’s when he learned he’d caught the pandemic disease “I was one who thought that COVID does not exist…until I got sick,” Stuzhuk wrote on Instagram. “COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy.” Despite the virus being a deadly one, Stuzhuk mentioned that he was in “stable” condition. “The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors.”
The man was able to leave the hospital after eight days but returned quickly after. A short time passed and Stuzhuk wife, Sofia, announced that her husband was in “grave condition” and unconscious, according to the New York Post. Sophia and Stuzhuk share three children together. “Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system…His heart is not coping,” she wrote to her 5 million Instagram followers. “His state is extremely grave. No one can do anything with this. I did everything I could so the father of my three children lives. But nothing depends on me now,” she said.
Following that post, Sophia announced her husband’s passing. “Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience,” Sofia wrote. “God, it is so terrible to realize that he is not with us anymore…”