Truck drivers are usually used to the stress their bodies are subjected to when driving coast to coast. Minor discomforts are usually questions on the hour. However, nobody predicted that what started out as a toothache could claim the life of 26-year-old Vadim Kondratyuk who was on his was home to celebrate his birthday together with his wife and two kids.
He was supposed to arrive home in Antelope, California, on Friday morning, January 3rd, after completing a long haul to New York. Unfortunately, he never got to see his family again, as he died in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Utah.
According to his wife, the man complained about a toothache shortly before he left. On the way, Vadim stopped in Oklahoma to see a dentist. Upon cleaning the affected area, the dentist prescribed him antibiotics and released the truck driver from his care. For the rest of the trip, the 26-year-old truck felt better. However, his mouth began to swell up and his health declined rapidly as he reached New York. As a result, Miroslav, his brother, showed up to help him get back home safely.
The man’s condition further worsened and he reported increased breathing difficulty and balance loss. Miroslav drove him to a hospital Utah where he was admitted into intensive care. Vadim fell into a coma for the next days and was unable to recover, unfortunately. All this time, his wife was by his side.
“He’s the best husband for me as a wife. For the kids. He really loved the kids”, said Natalia Kondratyuk.
With tears in her eyes, she described Vadim as the perfect husband. She said she met him at a church gathering when she was only 14 and started dating him soon afterward.
The man left behind a heartbroken 22-year-old widow and two daughters of eleven months and two years old. Thankfully, Natalia has 12 more siblings who promised her to be by her side in these difficult times. However, the woman fears the next months and years will be most difficult to get through without her husband.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe has been set up in order to help the family to pay for medical expenses and help with Vadim Kondratyuk two daughters.
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