After the weekend of the memorial day, more companies started to open and more people started to let go. Priscilla Garcia believes her parents were infected with Covid-19 during a trip to their grocery store in the neighborhood. The Rio Grande Valley has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, which Priscilla describes as living in a “fiery hell oven.”
Symptoms appeared quickly, but the couple initially tested negative for coronaviruses. Then Yolanda began to have faint spells. Flu-like symptoms have occurred in Roland. On June 28, the couple needed help in an emergency. They were taken to various hospitals.
One week later, on July 4, Roland’s body “stopped on its own,”; his daughter said.
Four days later, Yolanda suffered a heart attack and Priscilla had one last chance to talk to her mother.
“I just told her that her father was waiting for her and that he was ready to take her with him,” Priscilla told CNN. “He knew they couldn’t be apart.”
Rolando and Yolanda Garcia were children when they met in San Juan, Texas, South Texas. They became high school darlings, going to graduation together for their senior leaders. Rolando joined the army and returned to Texas to marry Yolanda.
The Garcias were still together. Little three children. Rolando worked as a grocery store broker, and Yolanda ran a cosmetics store next to her house.
Two wooden urns named Rolando and Yolanda Garcia sit on a table in the living room surrounded by small bouquets of flowers, angel figures and two portraits of a couple who have spent their lives together.
Priscilla built a shrine for her parents in their San Juan, Texas, home, as her family awaits the worst coronavirus pandemic so they can safely hold a memorial service.
Their children still can’t understand that the coronavirus pandemic took their parents away in what seemed like a moment. Priscilla hopes that people will hear the tragedy and suffering her parents endured and take the pandemic seriously.
“It’s unbelievable and shocking,” Priscilla said. “People who haven’t had it yet, be very careful, because it will come for you.
The elder García were not the only ones who fell ill. Priscilla was infected after several days of caring for her parents before leaving the hospital. Priscilla’s husband and daughter also became infected, but experienced only mild symptoms. Until the virus passed, she was quarantined in her parents’ household.
Yolanda’s sister was also affected by Covid-19 and is a fan. The betrayal of the García family is evidence of how bad the coronavirus was against families in South Texas.
Pain caused to families is, according to Dr. Martin Schwarcz, a pulmonary physician, is one of the astonishing facts of this pandemic. Schwarcz treats Covid-19 patients critically in several hospital intensive care units.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 600 people have died of coronavirus in the Rio Grande Valley. The vast majority of them died in July. A sudden increase in the number of deaths is selected by the medical teams of the patients being treated. Sisters are emotionally exhausted because they endlessly give families bad news.
Schwarcz recalled that she had to call a woman recently and break the news that her father was deteriorating rapidly and would probably not survive all night. The doctor said the woman started crying and begged him not to let her father go because the virus had already killed her mother and sister.
“It is very hard. I believe the virus is ravaging whole families, “said Dr. Schwartz. “Many deaths in one family. It’s terrible.”
The saga of Salvador and Imelda Muñoz captures the ruthless path that a coronavirus can follow. Salvador (91) and Imelda (86) never dared to leave their homes. Their children arranged for a home nurse to take care of them.
In June, the older couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They did not know that their sister’s son was infected, then the sister became ill, and within days, both Salvador and Imelda were also affected by Covid-19, according to Maria Silva, the couple’s daughter.
The family says the 42-year-old nurse, who was the mother of three children, died within ten days of the illness.
Muñoz’s couple ended up in the hospital, but Silva claims that her mother shows signs of improvement. The family began planning to return home, but had a heart attack.
Silva claims that her mother’s death is so difficult to accept that breastfeeding teams were so overwhelmed by patients that they could not respond to their mother in time.
“She didn’t have enough staff to take care of her, and she didn’t,” Silva told CNN. “It was horrible. I was upset. I was angry. It was already cold. Nobody caught it. ”
In another hospital room, Salvador deteriorated each following day. The family had one last video call. With the nurse holding the phone, Silva says that all his children have gathered and thanked him for being a good father, being loved and never being forgotten.
“Not cry. He never cried. He is such a strong man, “said Silva. “But I saw the pain in his eyes.”
On July 10, Silva and her family gathered for their mother’s memorial service. Halfway through the service, the family learned that Salvador had died. Three days later, the couple were buried together.
“His work has been done here,” Silva said. “He was ready to go with his wife. He loved her. I know they’re together and my father wouldn’t be otherwise. ”
Families ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic have in common the theme and frustration that so many people around them do not take the pandemic seriously enough. They see too many people without masks. Too many people fill restaurants or bowling alleys, and too many people think they still perceive their pandemic as an exaggerated scam.
These families have deeply experienced the reality of this virus. They saw their loved ones, who were left alone in hospital rooms, gasping for breath until they exhaled for the last time.
“That’s what this virus does to you. It weakens you to the point where you can’t eat, you can’t drink. As soon as you breathe, you can’t talk. That’s what I want people to know, “said Silva. .