There has been no shortage of media reports about COVID-19 deaths in the media amid the current delta variance surge, in large part to serve as a motivator for those who’ve yet to get vaccinated.
And even though the stories may often represent the exception more than the rule, they are no less tragic in their own right. Yet, few match the tragedy of a California couple with five small children.
Daniel and Davy Macias were hospitalized with COVID-19 just days apart last month and both eventually succumbed to the virus days apart. They leave behind 5 children under the age of 7, Fox News reported.
As terrible as the news is, it gets worse. Davy Macias, 37, a nurse, was seven months pregnant when she contracted the disease and died without ever meeting her baby, who was delivered eight days before she died on Aug. 26, according to the network.
The couple tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from a beach vacation, which included visiting a water park with their children, and fifteen days after his wife died, Daniel Macias, a 39-year-old middle school teacher, lost his battle with the virus on Sept. 10.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page for the children and as of this writing have collected over $246,000.
“There aren’t words to explain the loss of both him and Davy,” Terri Serey, Daniel’s sister-in-law, wrote on the page. “Keep the kids in your thoughts and prayers. They gained two angels but still have a long road ahead of them.”
“I don’t know anyone who loved their kids as much as they did, and they made sure they told them every day,” Serey told FOX 5 San Diego. “I want them to be aware of how much they’re loved. And I want them to know how much their parents loved them.”
The family was waiting for the father to defeat the virus so he could select a name for their newborn baby.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking. We were really pulling for Daniel after Davy died. We wanted him to wake up and name his baby girl,” she said.
The family will care for the orphaned children, but Serey said there’s no fixing what has happened.
“We’ll dry our tears and we will smile. And we will try to make everything as calm as possible, but there really is no way to fix this,” she said.
Davy Macias was a frontline worker throughout the pandemic and posted a message about the pandemic on Facebook in January: “COVID does not discriminate and it’s a scary place in the hospitals right now. Nurses are tired, we have anxiety before going to work, we sit in our cars and we cry after our long shifts. We mourn for the patients and the families.”
Her brother, Vong Serey, told the Orange County Register she did not get vaccinated because she was hesitant to do so while pregnant. He was unsure if Daniel Macias had been vaccinated.
The Rialto Unified School District said in a statement that Daniel Macias will be “remembered as a compassionate, kind-hearted, fun-loving and generous teacher at Jehue Middle School but he was also a devoted family man.”
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