The mother died before she could meet her baby girl and both parents didn't get a chance to name her.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, five young children lost their parents to COVID-19. Davy and Daniel Macias, of California, died just weeks apart. Davy Macias died of complications of COVID-19 after giving birth to her fifth child last month. She was 37 years old. Her husband, 39, died a few weeks later in the same hospital. Davy was a Southern California labor and delivery nurse. She was intubated after delivering her baby via C-section. Sadly, she died before she could meet her baby, reports CNN. Her husband was in the same hospital being treated for COVID and nurses showed him photos of his newborn. He died from complications of the virus less than two weeks later. The baby girl is yet to be named.
Grandmother Terry Macias is now caring for the five children, ranging in age from 3 weeks to 8 years old. She remembers her son, a middle school teacher as "the perfect one." He always had a smile on his face and was liked by everyone, she shared. "In my heart, I always knew he was the perfect boy. Seeing others felt the same way feels like validation," she said. "They loved their kids more than anything."
To my favorite teacher, a person who had such a big impact on my life and the lives of so many others. As you rest now in heaven with your beautiful wife, I will always continue pray for you and your family. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Mr. Macias 🕊❤️ pic.twitter.com/9wAPLOd1Fr— jess 🦋 (@jessicaquesadaa) September 10, 2021
Her daughter-in-law was artistic and creative and loved getting the children involved in crafts and activities, she said. Their losses have stunned the grieving family. "We didn't see it coming," Terry Macias said through tears. "Covid doesn't discriminate. It's the luck of the draw and it could happen to anybody."
Also remembering the couple fondly is Davy Macias' sister-in-law, Terri Serey, who told NBC News on Monday. “They were the kindest, most amazing people,” Terri said. “They were the ones who got everyone together—for every birthday, every holiday.” The couple is among more than 660,000 people in the U.S. who have died of the coronavirus. Davy Macias's brother, Vong Serey, told KTLA that the couple tested positive for the virus after a family trip to a beach and an indoor water park. Vong urged others to get vaccinated. “I did change my mind. When it hits this close to home, it does, it really affects you. It opens your eyes,” Vong said. Before being intubated, Daniel told his family to get vaccinated to avoid his situation, Vong said. “COVID doesn’t play by the rules. It doesn’t matter—you’re young, old—it can hit anybody at this point,” Vong said.
The family has since set up GoFundMe to help pay for expenses for the couple's children in the wake of their deaths. “I don’t know anyone who loved their kids as much as they did, and they made sure they told them every day,” Terri Serey, Daniel’s sister-in-law said. “I want them to be aware of how much they’re loved. And I want them to know how much their parents loved them.” So far the page has raised over $231,619. “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,” Terri said.