Sometimes CNN pulls my heart out and leaves it lying on the floor.
Conrad Buchanan was a 39-year-old DJ in Florida. He died from the coronavirus last week. On March 14, he woke up unwell. Soon his wife Nicole tried to get him tested but her request was turned down. Conrad was too young and didn’t have any underlying medical conditions.
Days later Conrad was having trouble breathing. “The 22nd was when I brought him to the hospital. I never saw him again.” Staff intubated him (inserted a breathing tube into his airway so a ventilator could push air into his lungs). Since the hospital was on lockdown, Nicole wasn’t allowed to enter the building. “I never got to say ‘I love you.'”
Skye is Nicole and Conrad’s daughter. She loves ballet. She loves her dad. “He would do dances with me.” Conrad even showed up for a “daddy-daughter thing” at the ballet school. “It was funny because he could perform in front of like millions of people when he DJ’d, but when he danced … it wasn’t the best.”
“We just overall shared everything. He brought me to school. He brought me to ballet. He was my everything.”
Interviewer: “Skye, give us one last thought on how you want us all to think of your father.”
“I thought he was pretty cool. I think even if people don’t know him, he brightened up everyone’s day. Just think of him dearly, you know. Find your rhythm in life. Listen to the beat. Dance and express yourself in order to connect with people from all walks of life.”
Thank you, Skye.