In his hospital room, he stored the blinds drawn and the tv off. He not often checked out his telephone, not even to speak along with his daughters. He was prickly with medical employees and his older sister, who was sleeping in his room on a pull-out sofa.
It had been two months since John Vargas Jr. had fallen sick with COVID-19, and weeks since medical doctors in San Antonio had decided that the illness had destroyed his lungs. At age 34, he wanted a double lung transplant. He had been flown midway throughout the nation to be evaluated at College of Florida Well being Shands Hospital.