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Stratford Virus Victim Chronicles Final Days In Facebook Posts

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Stratford Virus Victim Chronicles Final Days In Facebook Posts

"I’m losing the battle with COVID," Earla Dawn Dimitriadis wrote two days before her death. "I’m ready to go and not be in pain anymore."

Earla Dawn Dimitriadis (Courtesy of Jennifer Ritz Sullivan) STRATFORD, CT — Earla Dawn Dimitriadis faced death from the coronavirus with the same strength and courage she brought to her 66 years of life.

"I’m losing the battle with COVID," Dimitriadis wrote in a Facebook post Dec. 3. "It is now just a matter of trying to keep me comfortable ’til I pass. I’m ready to go and not be in pain anymore. … This will probably be my last post. Be kind to each other. I love you."

Two days later, Dimitriadis, a longtime Stamford resident who moved to Stratford about 10 years ago, died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

"My mom didn’t have time for pain," said Dimitriadis’s daughter, Jennifer Ritz Sullivan, who lives in Massachusetts. "She always saw the beauty in things."

Indeed, while hospitalized Dec. 1, Dimitriadis posted on Facebook about how as a child she would flip through the Sears catalog and circle her wishes.

"Wishes are good," she wrote. "So during my time here in the hospital (I am) putting together a wish list of things I love, and make me smile. It helps to get me through these days in isolation ICU and focus on beauty instead of all these machines and monitors."In another post Dec. 1, Dimitriadis included a selfie from her hospital bed , with an oxygen tube attached to her nose."Unfortunately they are unable to keep my levels up," she wrote. "There was damage done to my lungs […]

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