They wiped down surfaces, took a shower 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 also contracted the virus.
Doctors helped Davy Macias, 37, deliver the newborn prematurely by Caesarean section while she was 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 pictures of the baby, before he too died of complications from the virus less than two weeks later, leaving the newborn girl without parents or names.
When the hospital called to ask for the baby’s name, Terry Macias, the grandmother who now cares for the five children, told them, “I’ll wait for my son to give him the name.
She has not yet been named. For now, as the hospital has done, the family calls her Baby Girl.
Grandmother explains death to young children
The couple were not vaccinated and died on August 26 and September 9, respectively, leaving behind 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 was adamant that this was a personal choice and everyone wanted to know more about their safety before getting vaccinated.
A former kindergarten teacher who recently retired, Terry Macias believes his son and daughter-in-law contracted the coronavirus after a recent family trip to an indoor water park as their last hurray before returning to school.
Upon learning of their death, Macias was responsible for telling his grandchildren. The 8-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl understood their parents were gone, Macias said, but she is not sure they understand their parents will never come home.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter woke up on Thursday and told Macias that she dreamed her father was coming home from hospital, but later learned that her father had passed away.
The toddler burst into tears upon hearing the news, reminding her grandmother of her dream.
“I know baby, but sometimes our dreams don’t come true,” Macias said.
Couple sold their home before the pandemic
Davy and Daniel Macias sold their house just before the pandemic ended normal life, and the family were living with Daniel Macias parents.
Terry Macias described his stepdaughter as artistic and creative. She liked to occupy the children with crafts and activities, often inviting the neighborhood children to join them outside.
Her son, a college math teacher, was someone she called “the perfect”. Macias said he always had a smile on his face and was appreciated by everyone, as evidenced by the outpouring of support, especially from his school community.
“In my heart, I always knew he was the perfect boy. Seeing other people feel the same way feels like validation,” 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 in tears. “Covid does not discriminate. This is the luck of the draw and it can happen to anyone.”