Daniel and Davy Macías, a California couple with five children, died of coronavirus just days apart, leaving the little ones orphaned, and calling attention to the guarantees offered by vaccines against the doubts of those who do not want to be immunized.
The 37-year-old mother was intubated and in acute complications from COVID-19 when doctors helped her deliver her latest daughter. She passed away two weeks after the birth of her baby, whom she could never see.
The father, Daniel Macias, 39, was hospitalized and intubated for the same disease and died two weeks after his wife Davy. She was not vaccinated because she had qualms about being pregnant. As for her husband, it is not confirmed whether or not he received the coronavirus vaccines.
Daniel waited to name the girl because he believed that he and his wife would leave the hospital alive. Her dream was to recover and introduce the newborn to her other four children, between 7 and 2 years old, said Davy’s sister-in-law, Terri Serey, according to the Washington Post.
However, a week after the baby was born, the mother died; and two weeks later, the father passed away. Daniel “was well enough to send me a photo of the baby,” Serey told the aforementioned media, assuring that the photo was the last message she received from him.
The death of both parents recalls the recent case of Lydia and Lawrence Rodríguez, a Texas couple who refused to be vaccinated and who died weeks apart last month, leaving four children. Before dying, Lydia Rodríguez asked her family to make sure their children received the vaccine.
The Macías family was infected in early August, including the children. According to Serey, although the children recovered relatively quickly, the mother began to show signs of deterioration that led her to be admitted to a hospital for treatment. Less than a week later, the Washington PostDaniel followed.
The baby was born by cesarean section on August 18, but her mother was already intubated and had stopped communicating directly with her family. Just three days later, the newborn’s father was intubated. Although the husband and wife were a few rooms apart at the hospital, the hospital had no news of his wife’s death.
With a nursing degree, Davy worked in the delivery room at Kaiser Fontana Medical Center. Daniel, for his part, was a high school teacher at the Jehue School of San Bernardino County. They had been married for 11 years and according to their relative, the couple’s hobby was their children.
Now, the little ones are in the care of their paternal grandparents and, according to Serey, the children do not quite understand what has happened to their parents. “They spend a lot of time at night looking for Mom and Dad,” Davy’s sister-in-law said, even though they have already started receiving psychological help.
The couple, who live in Yucaipa, California, are among the more than 650,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus. As the Delta variant causes a new and alarming spike in infections, the country’s health authorities are rushing to immunize a divided population on the advisability of getting vaccinated.
This Thursday, President Joe Biden presented an aggressive new plan to fight the coronavirus that will force almost 100 million people to get vaccinated in the United States, if they do not want to be subject to sanctions and even layoffs.
Given the stagnation suffered in the vaccination process and the increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the Biden administration decided to implement a new plan to face the pandemic that includes measures applicable to about two-thirds of American employees and severe penalties for those who refuse to comply with it.
“We have been patient,” said Biden when presenting his plan on Thursday. “But our patience is wearing thin and your refusal [a vacunarse] It has cost us all, ”said Biden, explaining that this unvaccinated minority“ can cause a lot of damage, and it is doing it ”. However, the announcement has deepened the division of positions on vaccination in the United States.
For its part, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have repeatedly promoted vaccination for pregnant women, stating that it does not increase the risk of abortions. Rather, research shows that pregnant women face an increased risk of severe coronavirus symptoms, premature birth, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes if they contract the virus.