West Kelowna fashion designer, Jill Setah, is urging others to accept the COVID-19 vaccine.
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September 14, 2021 – 7:00 AM
An established Indigenous fashion designer in West Kelowna is speaking out about vaccines after a long battle with the virus earlier this year.
Jill Setah shared that her struggle with COVID-19 had been frightening. A family member now has the virus and is being treated at Kelowna General Hospital. Last week, she lost her brother-in law to the virus and has other family members who are also afflicted by it.
Setah said that although she has used traditional healing methods, the virus is more powerful than any traditional medicine.
“Please get vaccinated,” She said. “I tried all the traditional medicines and nothing worked for me. The virus was so bad I couldn’t eat and had a fever for over a week. I ended up in a hospital for four days. I felt like my body was giving up and there was nothing I could do.”
Setah was vaccinated after her illness and subsequent quarantine, and has since been visiting friends and family who are hospitalized.
“I am doing smudging and tying traditional medicine bundles to the ends of their beds made of sage, tobacco and cedar for healing and protection,” She said. “I made fish head soup for a family member for the first time to promote her appetite. I sit in the ICU and pray and be patient. I also dropped off Indian tea and soapberry juice to some to improve their health.”
Setah said that she has stopped allowing unvaccinated people into her house since suffering from COVID-19 to protect her family.
She stated that she received immense support from her community while she was sick and she is now giving back.
“I am doing everything I can to help and trying to hold myself together,” She said. “I don’t want to lose more people. My biggest hope is that everyone accepts the vaccine.”
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