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Central Kentucky woman prays for brother in coma fighting COVID-19

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 11:50:42-05

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Central Kentucky woman is asking for prayers for her brother as his battle with the coronavirus sends him to the intensive care unit.

“My brother’s name is Randy Fred Plett and anybody who would like to pray for him, I’ll take it,” said Li Tyler.

Tyler says she and her brother may live hundreds of miles apart, but they check in on each other often.

The last time she spoke with Plett, he appeared to be well on his way to recovering from COVID-19.

“He thought he was getting better. He thought it’s all uphill from here and next thing I know, he’s on a ventilator,” she said. “I’m very worried about him. He’s 74-years-old and that puts him in the danger zone.”

Tyler told LEX 18 News doctors at a New Hampshire hospital had been monitoring Plett’s oxygen levels in the days leading up to New Year’s.

“It’s not been going very well. At first, there were times he was getting better and they’d give him less oxygen, but now they have stopped him from breathing altogether and they put him on a ventilator. They put him in a medically-induced coma, so he won’t move or try to breathe on his own,” Tyler said.

With several states in between them and a contagious virus to keep in mind, one of the few things Tyler can do for her family is pray.

“I know we all have to die someday but I don’t want him to die now,” she said. “I think God hears our prayers, and I want him to live, so.”

And knowing the pain that COVID-19 can bring families, Tyler prays not only for her brother’s recovery but also for the health of the nation.

“I’m just praying no one else gets it and I hope the vaccines roll out quickly,” Tyler said.