A fitness trainer and social media influencer “who thought Covid didn’t exist” has died after contracting coronavirus on a trip to Turkey.
Only 33-year-old Dmitriy Stuzhuk was discharged from hospital in his native Ukraine, but was sent back just hours later and his condition deteriorated rapidly.
After getting sick, he wrote to his fans: “I want to share how I got sick and give everyone a strong warning.
“I was one who thought Covid didn’t exist. Until I got sick. “
He told them: “COVID-19 IS NOT A LIVING DISEASE! And it’s hard. ”
To his one million followers on social media, he appeared to be in excellent health as he promoted exercise and healthy living.
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But his ex-wife and mother of his three children, Sofia Stuzhuk, 25, who announced his death, said Covid-19 had caused heart complications.
Dmitriy woke up in Turkey with a swollen neck and difficulty breathing, he said in an earlier post to his fans.
Back in Ukraine, he tested positive and was hospitalized.
“The hospital is full of people, some of whom are treated in corridors,” he wrote.
He showed how he needed an oxygen machine to breathe.
After eight days, he was allowed to leave his ward instead of staying in an overcrowded hospital in Kiev.
He said, “At home, as they say, the walls heal – my condition is stable.”
But after a few hours he was taken back to the hospital, where Sofia said he would soon be in “severe condition” and “passed out”.
Sofia, who has five million followers, wrote online while fighting for his life: “Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system.
“His heart is not right.”
He suffered a clinical death, but medics restarted his heart.
Sofia added: “His condition is extremely serious. Nobody can do anything with that.
“I did everything to ensure that the father of my three children lived. But now nothing depends on me. “
Then Sofia, heartbroken, announced his death.
The couple had three children – David, Lola and Olivia. The youngest is only nine months old.
They split six months ago after she complained of “constant betrayal, swearing, showdown and stress” but recently said they were back on good terms.
She wrote: “All that remains are warm memories, three beautiful children and valuable experiences.
“God, it is so terrible to realize that he is no longer with us …”