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Ex-AL State Senator’s COVID-Dying Words: “We made a mistake.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Larry Dixon

Larry Dixon, a longtime Republican Alabama State Senator, who for many years also chaired the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners died from COVID-19 last week, aged 78.

Dr. David Thrasher, MD, a Critical Care Pulmonologist (lung doctor) in the state’s capitol city of Montgomery, who was Dixon’s longtime friend and treated him in the early stages of the disease, said Dixon was exposed to the coronavirus at a social gathering “with a couple of guys” that was hosted outside about two weeks ago.

And while he was unsure how many people attended, Dr. Thrasher said he knew of two other men who attended the meetup and tested positive.

Dr. Thrasher also said that Larry’s wife Gaynell Dixon also contracted COVID-19 and is still recovering. He also said the couple has two daughters who both contracted the virus earlier this year and have recovered, and so far, do not appear to have been reinfected by their parents.

Dr. Thrasher spoke with Dixon’s wife Gaynell before Larry was placed on a ventilator, and said that Larry’s family wanted to let The People of Alabama know his last words:

“We messed up.
We let our guard down.
Please tell everybody to be careful,
and take this thing seriously.
This is real,
and if you get diagnosed,
get help immediately.”

As an Alabama State Senator, Dixon represented District 25, an area south and east of the state capitol

Alabama State Senator Larry Dixon, a Republican representing Montgomery, and parts of other counties, reads Dr. Seuss story books to children at Head Elementary School during a celebration of Read Across America, March 2, 2009 in Montgomery, AL.

Montgomery which includes parts of Crenshaw, Elmore, and Montgomery counties, and was elected to the State Senate in 1983, where he remained until 2010. In 1993,  He campaigned for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, but lost the primary to Terry Everett.

For 35 years, he also served as the Executive Director of the state agency which licenses and regulates doctors, and the building in which the agency is situated is named the Dixon-Parker Building in his honor. Dr. Thrasher’s 30 year friendship with Larry and his family began after meeting him through his work on the board.

Larry also helped create the Administrators in Medicine organization, and served 4 terms on the U.S. Federation of State Medical Boards, which in 2014 awarded him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Two years later, he was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.

See: https://www.today.com/health/former-alabama-senator-larry-dixon-dies-covid-19-age-78-t202946

See also: https://www.al.com/news/2020/12/former-alabama-sen-larry-dixon-died-from-covid-his-last-words-were-a-warning.html

See also: https://nypost.com/2020/12/08/ex-alabama-politician-larry-dixon-dies-of-covid-19/

See also: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-alabama-senator-dies-covid-age-78-his-last-words-n1250236

See also: https://www.alreporter.com/2020/12/07/former-state-sen-larry-dixon-has-died/

See also: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2020/12/04/former-alabama-state-sen-larry-dixon-dies/3832675001/

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