Danielle and Davey Macias Spent 18 Months Being Very Vigilant COVID-19.
He wiped down surfaces, took a shower after work and even delivered his groceries, but that didn’t stop him from contracting the virus.
Davey Macias, a Southern California labor and delivery nurse, 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 Davey Macias, 37, deliver the newborn by caesarean section early, while she was able to meet her baby, but she died before she could meet her.
Daniel Macias, 38, was undergoing treatment at the same hospital when he learned about the birth of his daughter. Nurses showed her pictures of the baby before she too died of complications from the virus less than two weeks later, leaving the newborn girl without a parent or name.
When the hospital called to ask for the baby’s name, his grandmother, Terry Macias, who is now nursing five children, told him: “I will wait to name my son.”
His name has not been taken yet. For now, as did the hospital, the family calls her Baby Girl.
Grandmother explains death to young children
Macias told CNN on Monday that the couple had not been vaccinated and that they died on August 26 and September 9, respectively, leaving behind children aged 3 weeks to 8 years.
“It wasn’t that they didn’t want to be vaccinated — they planned on it,” she said. She was adamant that this was a personal choice and wanted to know more about its safety before each vaccine was administered.
Terri Macias, a former kindergarten teacher who recently retired, believes her son and daughter-in-law contracted the coronavirus after a family trip to an indoor water park as one last storm before returning to school Was.
Upon learning of his death, Macias was responsible for telling his grandchildren. The 8-year-old boy and the 5-year-old girl understood that their parents were gone, Macias said, but they are not sure they understand that their parents are never coming home.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter woke up on Thursday and told Macias she dreamed her father was coming home from the hospital, but later learned that her father had died.
Hearing this news, the girl got tears in her eyes and she reminded her grandmother of her dream.
“I know baby, but sometimes, our dreams don’t come true,” said Macias.
The couple sold their house before the pandemic
Dewey and Daniel Macias sold their home just before the pandemic shut down normal life, and the family was living with Daniel Macias’ parents.
Terry Macias describes her daughter-in-law as artistic and creative. She loved to keep the kids busy with crafts and activities, often inviting neighborhood kids to join in outside.
Her son, a middle school math teacher, was the one she called “perfect.” Macias said that he always had a smile on his face and that everyone liked him, as evidenced by the support of his school community.
“In my heart, I always knew he was the perfect guy. Seeing others feels the same way as validation,” she said. “They loved their children more than anything.”
The family is shocked by the sudden departure of Davy and Danielle Macias.
“We didn’t see it coming,” said Terry Macias, tearfully. “COVID doesn’t discriminate. It’s the luck of the draw and it can happen to anyone.”