FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida woman recovering from COVID-19 is sharing a message to the unvaccinated.

Yoiris Duran, her 55-year-old husband and her 25-year-old son were all hospitalized with the virus.

“Last week was really bad, and I even actually thought that, you know, we could die,” said Duran. “We couldn’t breathe. That was like dying at that moment, so that’s when my son and I said, ‘Let’s go to the hospital. We can’t stay here.’ The way we were feeling was really, really bad.”

She said her symptoms started with a headache.

“At the beginning, it was strong headaches,” she said.

Then they lost their appetite and had some digestive issues.

“It was like two, three days,” said Duran.

As hospitals across the nation fill up with unvaccinated patients, Duran said she wishes she and her family had been vaccinated.

Duran said she was led by wrong information.

“Some people said [vaccines] are good; some peope said they’re not. It’s a lot of things going on,” she said.

Duran said she and her family tried to live healthy lives but that did not stop them from getting severe symptoms from the virus.

“I recommend everybody to go, and actually, I’m telling all my friends and family to go and get vaccinated, OK? I don’t want people to go through what we have gone through,” she said.

Duran’s husband, who has asthma, was put on oxygen and eventually got a plasma treatment during his five-day stay at the hospital.

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