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Covid-sufferer says virus is ‘nothing to be afraid of’ in vlog days before he died from the disease

A Cambridge University graduate recorded himself downplaying his Covid symptoms and telling viewers the disease was not to be feared days before the virus claimed his life.

Solicitor Leslie Lawrenson, 58, died at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, just nine days after releasing footage to Facebook explaining why Covid-19 was ‘nothing to be afraid of’.

Leslie had no underlying health conditions and had previously refused his vaccine because he believed he ‘did not need it’ and instead placed his faith in his immune system. 

Wanting to record ‘the realities’ of having the virus for ‘99,9% of us’, anti-vaxxer Leslie took to social media to share two vlog posts earlier this summer.

Solicitor Leslie Lawrenson, 58 (right), died at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, just nine days after releasing footage to Facebook explaining why Covid-19 was ‘nothing to be afraid of’

Carla Hodges, pictured left, with her children and her mother Amanda, 56, centre and her stepfather Leslie Lawrenson, pictured rear, urged the pair to get vaccinated

Carla Hodges, pictured left, with her children and her mother Amanda, 56, centre and her stepfather Leslie Lawrenson, pictured rear, urged the pair to get vaccinated 

With intermittent coughing breaking up his monologue, he explains his symptoms and describes them as ‘no worse than a cold’. 

He later criticises the Government’s approach to Covid-19 restrictions, saying ‘these are things we have to suffer, it’s part of living’, before urging viewers to ‘trust’ their immune systems over vaccines.

In the videos shared to his Facebook feed, Leslie describes having a ‘very high temperature, aches, pains and shivers’ at around 11pm on June 24 

In the vlog dated June 23, Leslie compares his symptoms to a bad cold, says he ‘doesn’t feel too bad’ and that if he is diagnosed with Covid-19 he will ‘gladly take it’

With intermittent coughing breaking up his monologue (above), he describes his symptoms and says they are ‘no worse than a cold’

In a second video released days later, his condition has worsened but he insists it is still no worse than the flu

Leslie’s unwavering commitment to anti-vaxx theories after catching Covid-19

In his first video released on June 23:   

‘I feel pretty rough. I have got a very high temperature, aches, pains and shivers.

‘This isn’t too bad. It’s nothing worse than a bad cold.

‘If this is Covid-19, I’ll gladly take it. 

‘If it gets no worse than this, I’ll nowhere near have to get hospitalised. 

‘If I have got Covid-19, this is what 99.9 per cent of us will experience.

‘There’s no need to be afraid. There’s no need to panic.

‘I hope I’ve got it. I hope it is Covid. I’d rather the antibodies than the jabs. 

‘We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes, and how I feel in the morning’.

In his second vlog, June 24:  

‘Last night was pretty dreadful. The symptoms had massively ramped up.

‘I spent six hours in a fetal position trying to block out the pain.

‘Every part of my body was wracked with pain. 

‘I didn’t get any sleep. It was agony. My breathing got constricted for about an hour.

‘I didn’t feel like I was going to be in any danger.

‘I didn’t get the point where I would have had to be hospitalised.

‘Things did get worse, but I am glad I got Covid-19.

‘These are things we have to suffer. You have to trust your immune system.’ 

Comparing his symptoms to a bad cold, he says he ‘doesn’t feel too bad’ and that if he is diagnosed with Covid-19 he will ‘gladly take it’. 

He tells viewers he wants to get ‘antibodies and natural immunity in my blood’ rather than receive a vaccine.

He passed away on July 2, just nine days after recording his initial video. 

On the same day Leslie died, his partner Amanda Mitchell, 56, who has diabetes and was also suffering with Covid, was admitted to hospital with pneumonia – she was also unvaccinated.

Reacting to his death, she said: ‘I feel incredibly foolish. Les died unnecessarily.

‘Les made a terrible mistake and he’s paid the ultimate price for that.’ 

Days before his passing, Leslie said in a clip: ‘If I have got Covid-19, this is what 99.9 per cent of us will experience.

‘There’s no need to be afraid. There’s no need to panic.

‘I hope I’ve got it. I hope it is Covid. I’d rather the antibodies than the jabs.’ 

In a second video released the following morning, Leslie explains his symptoms ‘massively ramped up’ and he did not get any sleep.

He said on the vlog: ‘Last night was pretty dreadful. The symptoms had massively ramped up.

‘I spent six hours in a fetal position trying to block out the pain.

‘Every part of my body was wracked with pain. 

‘I didn’t get any sleep. It was agony. My breathing got constricted for about an hour.’

Despite these revelations, he admits he did not feel like he was in any real ‘danger’.

‘I didn’t get the point where I would have had to be hospitalised.

‘Things did get worse, but I am glad I got Covid-19.

‘These are things we have to suffer. You have to trust your immune system.’  

Ms Mitchell said her partner, a Cambridge University graduate, decided against having a coronavirus jab after reading material on social media.

She said: ‘It was a daily thing that he said to us: “You don’t need to have it, you’ll be fine, just be careful.” 

‘Les was highly educated… so if he told me something, I tended to believe it.’

Ms Mitchell, who has diabetes and hypertension, said her partner appeared to be recovering from Covid-related pneumonia while she became seriously ill.

She said paramedics who attended her at home on July 2 were called back 10 minutes later when her 19-year-old son found Mr Lawrenson dead in bed.

Ms Mitchell was admitted to hospital the same day that Leslie was found dead and spent a week on a Covid ward.

She said she felt foolish for putting her daughter and older son at risk when they came to help to care for the couple’s 11-year-old son.

Daughter Carla Hodges, 35, said: ‘Leslie was so brainwashed by the stuff that he was seeing on YouTube and social media.

‘He said: ‘A lot of people will die more from having the vaccine than getting Covid.”

Ms Mitchell said she would be having the vaccine as soon as doctors declared her fit enough.

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