‘It’s devastating’: B.C. widow speaks out about deadly consequences of COVID-19

The wife of a B.C. man who died of complications from COVID-19 is sharing her family’s story in hopes of spreading the word about the deadly consequences of the disease.

Warlito Valdez, 47, was found dead by his wife Flozier Tabangin last Sunday in their Vancouver townhouse.

Valdez had been upstairs, keeping in self-isolation, after he’d tested positive for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site in Vancouver.

“My priority now is how to start all over again,” Tabangin told Global news.

Valdez leaves behind his four-year-old daughter Zierlet. An online fundraiser has been started to help the family.

Valdez worked at Pendleton House, a group home for people with developmental disabilities in Richmond.

“My husband, he died from being a hero. He saved the life of the residents where he worked, while he stayed in this house,” she said.

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The Richmond Society for Community Living, which operates Pendleton House, confirmed Valdez was a residential support worker.

She checked on him the next morning after he failed to answer his phone calls and found him unresponsive.

“I tried to do chest compression, but he was gone,” she told Global News through tears.

“It’s devastating with my little one.”

Tabangin said she is not blaming anyone for her husband’s death, but wants people to know how deadly the disease is.

She said she does want to see more communication on what people should do when they are diagnosed with COVID-19.

She said while the government has been clear about support for people laid off due to the pandemic, it is not clear what benefits are available to the families of people who lose their lives to the virus.

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