A South African lady has filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years, after he refused to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
Recounting how the health of her husband, Graham Spies, deteriorated, after he contracted COVID-19 in 2020, the woman, Charnelle, told News24 that she wasted no time in getting vaccinated as soon as she was eligible.
She stated that if her husband would not get the jab, she does not see why she should continue to live with him, since he would not protect himself and the people around him.
“Graham contracted Covid-19 last year and watching him deteriorate in front of me is something I don’t wish on any human”, she said.
“The virus attacked his lungs. He is also asthmatic, which made his breathing even more difficult. Seeing him leave the hospital last year, after he had recovered, was like witnessing a real-life miracle.
“I won’t compromise on my health – it is non-negotiable. I told Graham since last year that if he refuses to get the jab, I don’t see how I can continue to live with someone that won’t protect himself and the people around him.”
Graham, on his own part, said the decision not to get the vaccine is personal.
“I believe in science, to a certain extent. I don’t want to be used as a guinea pig for vaccinations. There is no 100% guarantee it works”, he said.
He also said that he was “quite disappointed” that after all the disagreements they have had over the past two decades, the vaccine would be the reason for their divorce.
“This is not how I envisioned my marriage would end. Yes, we had our differences. We are not perfect. But, at the end of the day, we have to do what’s right for our mental health,” Spies added.
The couple got married in 2003 and have no children.
Before the recent development, they had planned to sell their property in Cape Town where they live, and relocate to a different city to work.
“Under no circumstances will I be putting my unborn kids’ lives in danger. We spoke about this numerous times. I said I will not bear his kids if he does not get vaccinated. It blows my mind that the man I’ve known my entire life is willing to throw all our future plans away just because he chooses to not get the vaccine. It’s madness,” Charnelle added.
The couple will be signing their annulment papers on September 22, 2021.