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‘He was a good human:' Family remembers 35-year old Wisconsin man who died from coronavirus

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FRANKLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) — A 35-year-old Mount Pleasant man who died after contracting coronavirus is being remembered as a kind and loving person.

Adam Biddle passed away on Saturday, April 11, after fighting the coronavirus for three weeks.  

“The most important thing that I want to come across is that he was a good human,” said his sister, Cindy Biddle.

"He was one of those people who was always invited everywhere because you just wanted him there.”

His mom, Colleen Kane, said it took him some time to find the love of his life, but he married her last August.

“The one thing he wanted in this world so much was to be a dad and he was looking forward to being a dad,” said Biddle.

But three and a half weeks ago, he wasn't feeling well and had a fever. 

“It was three weeks of just pure hell,” said Biddle.

"The only risk factor that he had was he was a big guy, he was overweight, as many Americans are, but he had no cardiac history, he had no pulmonary history, he didn't have any cancer, he wasn't immunosuppressed, so I think that's why we were all in such shock that he didn't come out of this," said Kane.

His mom said because of his age, the doctor said he could be treated at home. But a week later, his mom, who is a nurse, told him it was time for him to go to the emergency room. By then, he had pneumonia in both of his lungs and was eventually placed on a ventilator.

“He was in respiratory failure and then the following Tuesday, he was on dialysis because his kidneys started to fail,” said his mom.

One of the hardest parts for his family was not being able to see him.

“The closest that any of us could really get is sitting in our cars in the parking lot, outside of the hospital,” said Biddle.

When they could, they would talk to him through the phone.

“The nurse would pick up and then put it by his ear, so even if he was unconscious we could talk to him, and I know a lot of us took advantage of that to talk, at least talk to him,” said Biddle.

A brother, friend, husband, son, who would have turned 36 next Friday.

“If he knew that somebody else's life was saved because he was able to share his story, I think that would make all of the difference,” said Kane.

Biddle asked that people consider donating blood, she said that was big for her brother. His family also thanked the people who cared for him at Ascension Hospital in Franklin. 

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ChristiannaNeuzerling 44 days ago
Adam was one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. His mix of sarcasm, honesty, compassion, and just damn funny was like no other. I always looked forward to our meetings because I never would know what would come out of his mouth. We met 10 years ago at his workplace at R&B Grinding. A work relationship became a combination of a work and friendship. He would always ask how my family was doing, especially with my youngest Son. I was at his wedding reception last fall. 70’s Rock only. Lol. Loved it. Truly loved you Adam. I am going to miss you forever. I mean this from the bottom of my heart.
SAllenWest 44 days ago
Why didn't try hydroxy chloroquine with a Zpac?! That could have saved him! 😡
Renee 46 days ago
My impression from this and other accounts is that more people would be saved if they got care before becoming so seriously ill. I know someone who was treated at home and seems to have recovered but he got an inhaler to ease breathing and nitroglycerine for his heart (no previous heart problem)--both helped him. Also, additional stress on body organs from co-morbidity illness (including from other infections that are given an opportunity to get out of control when body is dealing with the virus--these might be bacterial and could be treated with antibiotics). Partly, the problem is hospitals being overwhelmed and treated only the sickest. That leaves the moderately sick to advance into a later, more serious stage of Covid-19.
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