The text message Shanel Garrell got from Glenn Gotay was hard to make out, almost like a child had written it. Like many parents, the 32-year-old Gotay was worried about his 7-year-old daughter Natalie starting school.
“It says, ‘Can you please make sure that Natalie teacher likes her,’” said Garrell. who co-parents Natalie with Gotay. “So, yeah, even on about to get intubated, he was caring about her.”
Gotay, a father of three, is in the intensive care unit at Osceola Regional Medical Center, where a machine has been breathing for him since July 31.