A longtime soccer coach at Sam Houston High School in Arlington ISD is in a hospital fighting for his life after he was infected with COVID-19, his family says.
Soccer has been a passion for Joey Rodriguez since he was a child.
A few years ago, three fathers were diagnosed with an immune disorder that turned a simple cold into pneumonia.
So, even if he was vaccinated, when he tested positive for COVID-19, his wife knew it could be serious.
“We are still in a public school environment. I am a public school teacher. Our children go to school. There is no obligation. So we felt it was a problem. Because this new variant is so powerful. “
Rodriguez is currently using a ventilator at the Mansfield Methodist Medical Center.
His wife is the only one allowed to visit him.
“The first few times were really hard,” said Lena Rodriguez. Children. “
The whole family is gathered, but he doesn’t ignore reality.
His daughter Mira is 10 years old.
“If he passes, it’s God’s plan, because it means he has another plan for us,” said Mira Rodriguez.
But no one has given up.
His wife is planning a party and parade for when he leaves the hospital.
She also went to cheer them up when she heard his football team depressed.
“So I went to talk to them today and told them to keep raising their heads, and the best they can do now is practice hard, study hard, kindly they can It’s all about doing it, “said Lena Rodriguez.
She said everything they could do to prepare for the day their coaches would come back.
“It’s not over yet. My husband is a fighter. He never gave up,” she said.
She said the football team gave him a jersey that they all signed. She hung it in his room.