A California couple died weeks aside from Covid-19 and orphaned 5 younger kids, together with a new child
They wiped surfaces, showered after work, and even had their groceries delivered, but that didn’t stop them from contracting the virus.
Davy Macias, a labor and delivery nurse in Southern California, was seven months pregnant with her fifth child in early August when she was hospitalized with Covid-19. Daniel Macias was also infected with the virus.
Doctors helped Davy Macias, 37, deliver the newborn early by caesarean section while she was being intubated, but she died before she could meet her baby.
Daniel Macias, 38, was being treated in the same hospital when he learned of the birth of his daughter. Nurses showed him photos of the baby before he too died of complications from the virus less than two weeks later, leaving the newborn girl with no parents or names.
When the hospital called and asked for the baby’s name, Terry Macias, the grandmother who now looks after the five children, said, “I’ll wait for my son to call you.”
It still has to be named. Right now the family calls her like the hospital baby girl.
Grandmother explains death to the small children
The couple were unvaccinated and died on August 26 and September 9, respectively, leaving children aged 3 weeks to 8 years, Macias told CNN on Monday.
“It wasn’t that they didn’t want to get the vaccine – they planned it,” she said. She insisted that this was a personal choice and everyone wanted to know more about their safety before they were vaccinated.
Terry Macias, a former kindergarten teacher who recently retired, believes her son and daughter-in-law caught the coronavirus as the last hurray before returning to school after a recent family trip to an indoor water park.
When she learned of her death, Macias was responsible for telling her grandchildren about it. The 8-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl understood their parents were gone, Macias said, but she’s not sure they understand their parents never come home.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter woke up Thursday and told Macias that she had a dream that her father was coming home from the hospital, but later learned that her father had died.
The toddler burst into tears on hearing the news and reminded her grandmother of her dream.
“I know baby, but sometimes our dreams don’t come true,” said Macias.
Couple sold their house before the pandemic
Davy and Daniel Macias sold their home just before the pandemic ended normal life, and the family lived with Daniel Macias’ parents.
Terry Macias described her daughter-in-law as artistic and creative. She loved keeping the kids busy with crafts and activities, and often invited the neighborhood kids to go outside with them.
Her son, a middle school math teacher, was someone she called “the perfect one”. Macias said he always had a smile on his face and was liked by everyone, as evidenced by the flood of support, especially from his school community.
“In my heart, I always knew he was the perfect boy. Seeing others feel the same way feels like confirmation,” she said. “They loved their children more than anything.”
The family remains shocked by the sudden loss of Davy and Daniel Macias.
“We didn’t see it coming,” said Terry Macias tearfully. “Covid does not discriminate. It’s the luck of the draw and it could happen to anyone.”