An unvaccinated California couple has died from COVID-19 complications weeks apart, leaving five young children to be raised by their grandmother. Their brood includes a newborn, who 37-year-old delivery nurse Davy Macias gave birth to via cesarean section while intubated. She passed away on August 26 before she could meet her new daughter, CNN reported.
Davy’s husband, 38-year-old middle school math teacher Daniel Macias, was in treatment at the same hospital as his wife when she gave birth. He was able to look at photos nurses showed him of his new baby girl before he, too, died of COVID-19 on September 9.
Recently retired kindergarten teacher Terry Macias, who is now taking care of her son’s children — three girls and two boys, with ages ranging from newborn to 8 — has yet to name the infant. The family refers to her simply as Baby Girl for now.
Terry believes her son and daughter-in-law likely contracted the coronavirus while on a recent trip to an indoor water park, a family excursion ahead of the start of school, she told CNN. The couple had been extremely cautious about COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic, having their groceries delivered and diligently wiping down surfaces, she noted. (The pair had sold their house before the pandemic began and had been living with Terry.)
They were not against the vaccine, she added, only wanted to learn more about the safety of it before getting it.
“It wasn’t that they didn’t want to be vaccinated — they planned on it,” she said.
The sudden loss of Davy and Daniel has rocked the family and their children, who Terry believes have not fully accepted their parents’ deaths yet.
“[Sometimes] our dreams don’t come true,” she was forced to tell her 3-year-old granddaughter recently after she dreamt her father had come home from the hospital.