Lawrenson in his penultimate Facebook journal.
A 58-year-old solicitor has died of Covid after recording a diary of his symptoms in which he told his followers it was "nothing to be afraid of".
Leslie Lawrenson pronounced to viewers on June 23 that he had a high temperature and was suffering from aches, pains and shivers, but that he hoped it was Covid because it was "no more than a normal cold".
Awaiting his test results, the Dorset lawyer said that if it transpired that he had contracted the disease, "I'll gladly take it. Get the antibodies in my blood and have natural immunity - and also experience that it's nothing to be afraid of - no more than a normal cold".
"I'm nailing my colours to the mast", he said. "I'm going to let me immune system ride it out. I'm not going to go into hospital - if it gets no worse than this, I'm nowhere near having to be hospitalised. I won’t impose myself on NHS resources", he said. "We'll see how I feel in the morning."
The next day he posted a video in which he appeared shocked, but remained defiant.
"Last night was pretty dreadful" he admitted. The sole practitioner described how he spent "probably about six hours" in "a foetal position trying to block out the pain. Every part of my body was racked with pain".
"And the fever..my God...that ramped up incredibly hot. You could have fried an egg on me... it was just agony", he said.
But, "I didn't feel like I was in any danger" he said, reiterating that he would rather take his chances than risk the "experimental jab".
However, nine days later his condition deteriorated to the point where his family called an ambulance, and 10 minutes after paramedics had checked up on him, his stepson found him dead in his bed.
Lawrenson, who graduated from Cambridge University, "was highly educated...so if he told me something, I tended to believe it", said his wife.
She was also unvaccinated despite suffering from diabetes and hypertension, and was admitted to hospital with Covid-related pneumonia the same day her husband died.
"Les made a terrible mistake and he’s paid the ultimate price for that", she said, vowing that she would get jabbed as soon as doctors said she was fit enough.
Her daughter and Lawrenson's stepdaughter, Carla Hodges, said the lawyer had been "brainwashed" by "the stuff that he was seeing on YouTube and social media".
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