Opelousas family hopes their loved one's recovery sends a message

Jay has been in isolation for 1 month
Posted at 6:34 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 12:57:49-04

An Opelousas family is feeling a sense of relief after their loved one, Jicarlo Henderson, also know as Jay, recovers from the coronavirus.

"Fatigue, pain, lost of appetite, slight fever, stuff like that," said Jicarlo Henderson.

Knowing something wasn't right, the 49-year-old decided to get tested, and the results came back positive. At that point, Jay saw a lot of people in his life getting positive results.

"After I found out my cousin had it. My friend son's down the street had it. So, it was like wow this is hitting home," said Henderson.

Although Jay was being forced into isolation, it came with a lot of family support, including the mother of his children, Shauna Sias, who was devasted to have to tell their two daughters.

"Just this blank stare and it was Is my daddy going to die," is what the girls asked their mother, Shauna Sias.

After a month of not seeing Jay in person, the family celebrated the idea of being able to return to normal in the near future; however, they're now mourning a close friend.

"A dear friend of mine, Kerstin Duffy, lost her husband, Keenan. I can't imagine how it would feel to lose your husband and the father of your children," said Sias.

The wife who lost her partner of 17 years, still in mourning wants people to know, "How real this virus is, and I want people to know that if he could rewind the past, he would still do it all again the same way because that's the kind of person he was. He was selfless," says Kerstin Duffy.

The family, who is grateful for their ending, says there's still a lot to do in Louisiana.

"We need to take a minute and think of other people, rather than just ourselves. Healthcare workers we are overworked. We are tired," said Sias.

Keenan Duffy is survived by his mother, Joanne Ned Duffy, and his grandmother, Cora Ned.