After nearly a month in hospital with COVID-19 for almost a month, he is now fighting for his life.
Jessica Wallace, his wife, posted Wednesday on Facebook that she received a heartbreaking update from Caleb.
He is not doing well. She said that it is not in our favor. Fibrosis has made his lungs stiffer. They called to inform me that they have exhausted all options and requested my consent to not resuscitate. It was up to us to decide when to stop treatment.
My heart can't take it. He is the only person I can imagine living my life.
Caleb Wallace is a father of three children aged 30 and has been in ICU at Shannon Medical Center San Angelo since August 8. According to his wife, he had been intubated several times and suffered from high fevers, infection, and bleeding in the chest.
Caleb Wallace was a participant in The Freedom Rally that took place in July. It was billed as a protest against government control over our lives.
In April, he wrote a letter to the San Angelo Independent Schools District. It was published by local news outlets and demanded that the school district immediately revoke all COVID policies.
According to his wife, he refused medical attention or testing when he felt the first symptoms. Instead, he began to treat himself with a combination of Vitamin C, Zinc, Aspirin, and Ivermectin. This anti-parasitic drug has been misrepresented as an effective treatment for COVID-19. On July 30, he was admitted to the hospital.
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Jessica Wallace stated to the Standard-Times she is less conservative than her husband, and that she wears a mask.
Caleb would say to me, "You know masks won't save you," but he understood that I wanted them. It is comforting to know that I might be able to protect someone else or avoid it.
The Wallace family's story is set amid a Texas mask debate, in which Republican Governor. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates. Some local officials have resisted or defied the order, creating confusion across more than 200 counties.
This happened amid a fresh wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases in Texas. These were caused by the highly contagious and virulent delta virus. About 47% of Texas' eligible population have been fully vaccinated.
This article was originally published on HuffPost. It has since been updated.