Unvaccinated nurse who contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant dies after delivering newborn
An unvaccinated emergency room nurse has died from complications from COVID-19, leaving behind five children – including a newborn baby born after the mother was intubated.
Davy Macias, 37, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant and never got a chance to hold her youngest daughter.
Now her husband Daniel is fighting for his life against the same virus while their family raises money for their children.
Lost: Unvaccinated nurse Davy Macias has died due to complications from COVID-19, leaving behind five children, one of whom was born while in a coma
Davy was unconscious when her baby was born at 32 weeks, and she succumbed to illness on Thursday before meeting the newest addition to the family.
Davy, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contracted COVID-19 while seven months pregnant
“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.”
Her colleagues also sing her praises, with words of support on Facebook and a GoFundMe page that raised over $100,000.
“Davy was the best,” wrote one. “She was so fun to watch 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.”
The mother of five was unconscious when her baby was born at 32 weeks, and she succumbed to the disease on Thursday
Hospital: Her husband, Daniel, remains in critical condition ‘but he’s fighting to stay here with his babies’
“Baby Macias is doing great. She has put on a whole pound since last week and she is alert and even cracked a smile,” the family said
Her husband, Daniel, is still in critical condition “but he is fighting to stay here with his babies,” according to the GoFundMe page.
Vandana said he could have texted her from the hospital.
“He tried to breathe and said, if someone hasn’t been vaccinated, I suggest you do it now,” she said.
Meanwhile, the couple’s newborn is blooming.
“Baby Macias is doing great. She’s gained 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.
‘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.’
Her colleagues also sing her praises, with words of support on Facebook and a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $100,000
Daniel texted his sister-in-law from the hospital: ‘If someone hasn’t been vaccinated, I suggest you do it now’
Although Davy had not been vaccinated, she spoke out about being ‘cautious’ in a Facebook post in January
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.