ARCADIA (CBSLA) — The family of an Arcadia father who died after contracting COVID-19 is now urging the public to follow health guidelines.
John Scherer, 60, was a loving father and a Steelers fan who worked at Warner Bros. Pictures. Scherer and his 10-year-old twin daughters all contracted the virus, but the girls were able to recover.READ MORE: Authorities Find Silvia Ochoa De Hernandez, Woman Who Went Missing In South Gate
His ex-wife, Zoe Uttley, said Scherer waited too long to go to the hospital, and by the time he called 911, he could barely breathe. Once he was in the hospital, she said he suffered from a blood clot that turned into sepsis. He did Jan. 19.READ MORE: Daily COVID-19 Case Rates, Hospitalizations Continue Downward Trend In IE, Ventura County
The family said it has been difficult to find closure without a proper funeral.
“And the last thing the twins saw of their dad was him with a house full of firefighters and paramedics rolling him out on a gurney, and I think that’s a hard visual for everybody, but especially when you’re 10,” Uttley said.MORE NEWS: Orange County Continues March Toward Reopening More Businesses
The family also had to re-home the girls’ dog, Benny, because they could no longer care for him.