They wiped down surfaces, showered after work and even delivered their groceries, but that didn’t stop them from contracting the virus.
Davey Macias, a labor and delivery nurse in Southern California, was seven months pregnant with her fifth child in early August when she was hospitalized with Covid-19. Daniel Macias has also contracted the virus.
Doctors helped Davey Macias, 37, deliver the baby prematurely by caesarean section while having her tube inserted, but she died before she could meet her baby.
Daniel Macias, 38, was being treated at the same hospital when he learned of the birth of his daughter. The nurses showed him pictures of the baby, before he too died of complications from the virus after less than two weeks, leaving the newborn girl without parents or a name.
When the hospital called to ask what the baby’s name was, Terry Macias, the grandmother who now looks after the five babies, told them: “I’ll wait until my son calls her.”
It has not yet been named. For now, as the hospital did, the family calls her Baby Girl.
Grandma explains death to young children
The couple were not vaccinated and died on August 26 and September 9, respectively, leaving children between 3 weeks and 8 years old, Macias told CNN on Monday.
“It wasn’t that they didn’t want to get vaccinated – they planned it,” she said. She was adamant that this was a personal choice and they both wanted to know more about their safety before being vaccinated.
Teri Macias, a former kindergarten teacher who recently retired, believes her son and daughter-in-law contracted the coronavirus after a recent family trip to an indoor water park as a last-ditch before returning to school.
When Macias learned of her death, she was responsible for telling her grandchildren. Macias said the 8-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl realized their parents were gone, but she’s not sure they understand that their parents will never come home.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter woke up on Thursday and told Macias that she was dreaming of her father coming home from the hospital, but later learned that her father had passed away.
She burst into tears when she heard the news, reminding her grandmother of her dream.
“I know my child,” Macias said, “but sometimes, our dreams just don’t come true.”
The couple sold their home before the pandemic
Davy and Daniel Macias sold their home before the pandemic shut down normal life, and the family was living with Daniel Macias’ parents.
Teri Macias described her daughter-in-law as artistic and creative. She loved keeping the kids busy with crafts and activities, often inviting neighborhood kids to join them outside.
Her son, a middle school math teacher, was someone she described as “the perfect person.” Macias said he always had a smile on his face and was loved by everyone, as evidenced by the outpouring of support, specifically from his school community.
“In my heart, I always knew he was the perfect boy,” she said. “Seeing others feels the same feels like validation.” “They loved their children more than anything.”
The family is still traumatized by the sudden loss of Davey and Danielle Macias.
“We weren’t expecting that,” Terry Macias said in tears. “Covid doesn’t discriminate. It’s a tiebreaker and it can happen to anyone.”