Victoria Gallardo, 33, died of Covid-19 after her five children and husband all became infected (Picture: GoFundMe)
A mother of five died after her entire family including her newborn baby contracted the coronavirus. Victoria Gallardo, 33, tested positive for Covid-19 just days after giving birth, fell into a medically-induced coma and died last week.
Gallardo’s oldest daughter, 9, was first infected with coronavirus in January and the virus spread to the rest of her children and husband Armando Gallardo, according to ABC13. Her newborn daughter got sick when she was only 11 days old.
‘She developed a really high fever, didn’t want to eat, was sleeping a lot,’ Armando Gallardo said of the infant. ‘We became so worried. We didn’t think she was going to make it at all.’
All the children and husband in Cypress, Texas, got better, but Victoria Gallardo’s condition worsened and she developed pneumonia, according to a GoFundMe page set up for her.
‘It breaks my heart when the doctor says that there is nothing else that they can do,’ her husband told the TV station.
While Victoria Gallardo was hospitalized, her husband took care of their children, who did not see their mother for more than a month. The mother had no health problems or underlying issues. The family is not sure why the coronavirus hit her so much harder than her children and husband.
‘Please understand that she fought this battle to her very last breath,’ the GoFundMe page states. ‘Even though many family, friends and others prayed for her recovery, we recognize that she is now healed, just not in the manner we expected.’
Armando Gallardo warned against underestimating Covid-19 and how it can affect young, healthy people.
‘People think it’s a joke until it hits home when you see your loved one on a ventilator, literally lifeless on a ventilator,’ the now single father said. ‘It breaks your heart.’
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