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California father of 5, including newborn, dies weeks from COVID after wife dies from illness

Husband of Southern California nurse who died of complications from COVID-19 more than two weeks ago has now died after battling the disease himself, leaving behind five young children, including a newborn daughter .

Daniel Macias of Yucaipa died on Thursday, a family member told KTLA-TV.

“I don’t know anyone who loved their children as much as they did, and they made sure to tell them every day,” Terri Serey, Daniel’s sister-in-law, told the station. “I want them to know how much they are loved. And I want them to know how much their parents loved them.”

Daniel and his wife, Davy, were admitted to a hospital intensive care unit days apart last month after being diagnosed with COVID-19. A doctor gave birth to the couple’s daughter eight days before Davy Macias died.

The couple developed symptoms after taking a family trip to the beach and an indoor water park in late July, family members said.

Macias’ brother Vong Serey told the San Bernardino Sun last month that his sister was not vaccinated against COVID-19 and was reluctant to get the vaccine because she was pregnant. (The CDC says the the vaccine is safe during pregnancyShe was a nurse in the labor and delivery department at Kaiser Fontana Medical Center and had worked throughout the pandemic, he said.

Serey didn’t know if his brother-in-law had been vaccinated.

Daniel Macias was a middle school math teacher in the Rialto Unified School District, district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri said.

He is remembered as a compassionate, caring, fun-loving and generous teacher at Jehue College, but he was also a dedicated family man, ”the district said in a statement.

The couple’s children, aged 7 and under, are in the care of their grandparents, according to family members.

According to a GoFundMe page created for the family, both parents were intubated and treated in a hospital intensive care unit “due to the Delta variant.” The page had raised more than $ 200,000 as of Monday morning.

California father of 5, including newborn, dies weeks from COVID after wife dies from illness
The Macias family