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“Nobody should have to go through what we are going through right now”: Family loses loved one to COVID-19

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A family is in mourning after losing their mother to a long battle with COVID-19, but the family says they are staying strong for her. 

Family members of Kindra Irons say she was 41-years-old when she passed. Her husband Marcus Irons says she was on a ventilator for six weeks. 

"At first I was hurt, angry, why,” Irons said. "I just have to take it one day at a time, but my main focus is making sure my kids are okay.” 

Kindra Irons leaves behind four children, three grandchildren, and two more grandchildren on the way. The oldest daughter, Angelica Spencer, say her mother was a nurse practictioner and cared for so many. 

“You never know how good of a Mom you have until she’s gone,” Spencer said. "She was making improvements, but little by little every day, then she just kind of stayed stagnant.” 

Spencer says her mother was a nurse with a physician house call company and she never strayed from the COVID-19 guidelines.  

“She accomplished so much while she was here, she had a beautiful life, but there was still so much she wanted to do,” Spencer said. “Nobody should have to go through what we are going through right now.” 

The family says they want to remember her for her strength and to bring awareness to how real this pandemic actually is. 

"When tragedy hits home, then you see it from the other side of the fence,” Irons said. “It hurts.” 

The family says this sudden loss has not only been an emotional strain, but a financial one as well. They are raising money to pay for her funeral expenses and relief for the family, you can donate here.

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Karli VanCleave

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