Five children in Northern California have been orphaned after both of their unvaccinated parents died of COVID-19 complications.
Davy Macias, 37, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant and died shortly after giving birth to her youngest daughter while intubated.
Now her husband, Daniel, 38, has also passed away, leaving their five children – including their unnamed newborn baby girl – without parents.
A family friend shared the “incredibly sad news” on a GoFundMe page for the kids, writing this weekend: “Daniel lost his battle with COVID yesterday afternoon. There are no words to explain the loss of him and Davy. Keep the children in your thoughts and prayers. They’ve gained two more angels, but they still have a long way to go.’
She also added: “The kids are in a good mood and don’t understand the gravity of what’s happening.”
Daniel Macias, 38, and Davy Macias, 37, have both died of complications from COVID-19. Neither had been vaccinated
They leave behind five children who are now orphans but ‘don’t understand the gravity of what is happening’
Davy, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant
Neither Davy nor Daniel were vaccinated against COVID-19 when they both contracted the virus last month.
Davy was hospitalized with the virus and was unconscious when her baby was born at 32 weeks.
“My mom and I went to see her one last time on that bed…that’s an image that will stay with me,” Davy’s sister, Vandana Serey, said. KABC.
‘She touched everyone’s life. When she is there, she is an advocate for all her patients. It is always to the benefit of the patient and the babies. She is a wonderful and wonderful woman.”
On August 26, she succumbed to an illness and never got a chance to hold her new baby.
Daniel, a high school math teacher, stayed two weeks after his wife died, “fighting to stay here with his babies,” according to the GoFundMe page.
Serey said he texted her from the hospital before he died.
“He tried to breathe and said, if someone hasn’t been vaccinated, I suggest you do it now,” she said.
On Sept. 6, he no longer tested positive for COVID, “but the damage has been done,” a family friend said. He also passed away on September 9.
Davy was unconscious when her baby came into the world at 32 weeks, and she succumbed to illness in August
“Baby Macias is doing great. She’s gained a whole pound since last week and she’s alert and even cracked a smile,” the family said
Friends and family mourn the losses, with more than $202,000 raised on GoFundMe.
“Davy was the best,” wrote one of Davy’s colleagues. ‘She was so nice to see at work, always willing to help, always so nice and positive, and she always brought us food.
“She spoke and defended me when I needed it. I will miss her immensely. I will continue to pray for her husband and her little ones. Davy, thank you for your kindness and joy. I will always cherish my memories of you.’
“Davy was an AMAZING mom who loved her kids,” another colleague wrote on Facebook. “She was an EXCELLENT nurse who took care of others. Her emperor, family and friends have lost a good one. She was generally a good person. I feel blessed to have known her and to have worked alongside her.”
Meanwhile, the couple’s newborn is blooming.
“Baby Macias is doing great. She’s put on a whole pound since last week and she’s alert and even smiled,” the family said.
Although Davy had not been vaccinated, she spoke out in January about being “cautious” in a Facebook post, also detailing the stress of being a nurse during the pandemic.
Shortly before his death, Daniel texted his sister-in-law from the hospital: ‘If someone has not been vaccinated, I advise you to do so now’
Davy’s colleagues have sung her praises, with words of support on Facebook and a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $202,000
Although Davy had not been vaccinated, she spoke out about being ‘cautious’ in a Facebook post in January
‘I’ve been a midwife for eleven years. This month I’ve driven almost every shift to a COVID department. I floated to covid med surge and covid ICU, too many COVID services for my liking, but at the end of the day I am thankful,” she wrote.
‘I am grateful for my family that I can come home to and I am grateful for our health. Although my exposure is always so high, every day I pray that God will continue to watch over my family. I am grateful for the kick-a** nurses I get to work with.’
She went on to discuss the loss she had seen when people died from the virus.
“COVID does not discriminate and it is a scary place in hospitals right now. Nurses are tired, we have anxiety before we go to work, we sit in our cars and we cry after our long shifts,” she wrote.
“We mourn the patients and the families. We don’t sleep for a few nights after our shifts because the cries of the grieving family still linger in our minds.
“Please be safe and a little extra careful until we get over this pandemic!” she concluded.
Three out of four in the US are not vaccinated.
The CDC has recommended the vaccine for pregnant women, pointing out that COVID-19 could be particularly dangerous for them.
COVID-19 can cause pregnant women to give birth prematurely, and a doctor told GMA her hospital has seen more stillbirths among COVID-positive pregnant patients.