Daniel and Davy Macias, a married California couple, were hospitalized with COVID-19 just days apart last month after returning home from a vacation and have tragically died in recent weeks from complications from the virus, leaving behind a 3 week old newborn and four other children under 7 years old.
Davy Macias, a 37-year-old nurse, was seven months pregnant when she was first hospitalized. A doctor gave birth to the couple’s daughter eight days before her death on August 26.
Daniel Macias, 39, was hospitalized just days after his wife last month and lost his battle with the virus on September 10.
The couple leave behind five children aged 7, 5, 3, 2 and their newborn daughter.
“There are no words to explain the loss of him and Davy,” Daniel’s sister-in-law Terri Serey wrote on a GoFundMe page for the kids. “Keep the children in your thoughts and prayers. They have won two angels but still have a long way to go.”
Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser raised more than $ 241,000 and many supplies for the Macias children, who are being looked after by their grandparents.
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“I don’t know anyone who loved their kids as much as they did, and they made sure to tell them every day,” Serey told FOX 5 San Diego. “I want them to know how much they are loved. And I want them to know how much their parents loved them.”
Daniel Macias was a middle school teacher who will be remembered as a compassionate, caring, fun-loving and generous teacher at Jehue College, but he was also a dedicated family man, ”said the Rialto Unified School District in a statement.
Davy Macias has been a frontline worker throughout the pandemic.
“COVID doesn’t discriminate and it’s a scary place in hospitals right now,” she wrote on Facebook in January. “The nurses are tired, we have anxiety before going to work, we sit in our cars and cry after our long shifts. We mourn the patients and the families.”
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Her brother, Vong Serey, told the Orange County Register that his sister had not been vaccinated because she was hesitant to do so during her pregnancy and he was unsure whether Daniel Macias was vaccinated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.