Grand Blanc — Sandy Brown tried to calm her son, Freddie, alone and scared in a hospital intensive care unit. His father had died a few days earlier. Freddie, just 20, was worried he would die, too. Talking on FaceTime throughout the night, Sandy recited Scripture and tried to slow his breathing. She sang spiritual songs to coax him to sleep, like a mom singing lullabies to her baby. One day later, Freddie died. Imagine awakening from one nightmare only to slip into another. In three days last week, Brown lost her husband and son, Freddie Lee Brown Jr. and Freddie Lee Brown III, to the novel coronavirus. “There’s not even a word created to describe my pain. It’s unimaginable,” she said. The younger Freddie — her “Boopie,” her “Sonny Redd” — was her only child, so Brown’s family is all gone now.

 

 

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