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Midland man survives COVID battle, advises everyone to fear coronavirus and not vaccines

He started feeling better, but then was told his mother passed from the virus
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 6:17 PM EST
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MIDLAND, Mich. (WJRT) - Bill Cynecki thought only people in their 70s, 80 and 90s with disabilities got seriously ill from COVID-19.

Then the 58-year-old Midland man and his family got the illness. Cynecki, a retired Dow Chemical scientist, believes a plasma treatment saved his life, but his mother did not survive.

He now wants to be a soldier in the fight against the coronavirus by being more vigilant about mask wearing and advising people to get one of the vaccines. He doesn’t want anyone to go through what his family has experienced.

“I had no idea that I was going to be in a hospital fighting for my life, and I was,” Cynecki said.

He was in good health before the illness. A year ago, he went to New York with his wife Paula to celebrate a Peleton record with their trainer. He hunts and he has gone on fishing trips in Brazil.

But then he caught the coronavirus.

“Man I was sick, I couldn’t breathe,” Cynecki said.

He was admitted to MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland on New Year’s Eve. His doctor asked him a series of sobering questions.

“How long do you want to be on a ventilator? Have you had a talk with your wife? We need to have this now, because in a couple of days we might not be able to have this talk,” Cynecki said.

He suspects two get-togethers right before Christmas spread the virus to eight family members, including his 89-year-old mother, Inez. Cynecki said some family members had negative COVID-19 tests right before they met, but he now fears those may have been false negatives.

Cynecki credits Remdesivir and two plasma treatments for his recovery. He planned to bring his mom home from the hospital once he was released.

“‘Hey, tell mom her baby boy is getting better. I can’t deny it, I am turning the corner. I am going to pick her up. Tell her. That will make her feel better,’” Cynecki told his family. “Then I found out she died Monday.”

His family didn’t want to tell him his mother had died until he was on the road to recovery.

“I told the doctor. I said, ‘Well I killed my mother because I know I gave it to her. I’m pretty sure I did,’” Cynecki told his doctor. “He said, ‘No Bill, at least you didn’t have to go on a ventilator for two months. But someone reached in and pulled you from the other side because you weren’t doing well. So I think she was here with you and helped you.’”

Cynecki believes the treatments he received during his 14-day hospital stay could help save lives. He also believes that people shouldn’t fear the vaccines, but they should fear the virus.

“We just lay low, get vaccinated. We can save our economy and we can beat this thing,” Cynecki said.

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