Wife of USA Professor who died due to COVID-19 speaks about husband’s death


MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The widow of a University of South Alabama professor who died due to COVID-19 spoke with News 5 about his death hoping to raise awareness.

Dr. Brian Axsmith worked with the University for more than 20 years.

His widow Jennifer said they began noticing Brian’s symptoms on April 14th. She said, “He just started with coughing and sneezing, and really what didn’t sound too much out of the ordinary for like what you might expect with allergies at first.”

Just a few days later, she said he was so tired he was unable to get out of bed. After two rounds of antibiotics and his condition worsening, Brian called 911, and went to the hospital where he was told he’d have to be intubated.

Jennifer said, “During the night, his O2 stats had dropped back down to the mid-80s again and his blood pressure was dropping too, so the last few words we were able to say were, you know, I love you, just be strong, the doctors know what they’re doing and just you’ll be okay.”

Jennifer had no idea those would be the last words she had with her husband. She hopes people take COVID-19 seriously to stop the spread. Jennifer said, “I’m here to tell you I don’t ever want to see another one of my Facebook friends, or my family go through this.”

You can donate to the GoFundMe set up to help Dr. Axsmith’s family with medical expenses and funeral costs HERE.

See the full story on WKRG at 10 o’clock.


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