Boss Burger owner: “I want to live”

Published 12:10 am Thursday, September 23, 2021

A local business owner who has been struggling with COVID-19 since early August “has not lost his sense of humor” as he continues to recover in a Houston hospital, according to a social media message from his wife.

Joe Oates is “improving slowly” and “the strength in his right arm and hand continues to improve,” Mary said Tuesday.

Joe, who co-owns Boss Burger with Mary, was on a ventilator though much of his struggle. Mary said he is now using a dry erase board to communicate, and at one point as a nurse was hanging his IV bag, wrote, “that’s Lamb Chops in the small bag, veggies in the big bag.”

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He continues physical therapy.

“The most important thing he said today was I WANT TO LIVE,” Mary wrote.

An account has been set up at Neches Federal Credit Unit under Benefit for Boss Burger Owners Joe and Mary, no. 3070890.