A nurse has died from coronavirus before meeting her newborn baby after refusing the vaccine while pregnant.
Mum of five Davy Macias, 37, husband Daniel and their four children contracted the virus on holiday.
But while the children ‘bounced back’, both parents were hospitalised.
Family members said Davy was wary of getting the vaccine while pregnant.
She died before getting the chance to meet her daughter, born two weeks ago.
Daniel remains in a critical condition in hospital with Covid and is unaware his wife of 11 years has died.
He has also yet to meet his daughter, who has yet to be named and is known as Baby Girl Macias.
Now heartbroken relatives are sharing their story in a bid to convince others to get the Covid vaccine.
Davy’s brother, Vong Serey, 40, said: ‘To lose any family member is hard; when they are young moms, pregnant, and an amazing person, it is just that much harder.
‘She had such a positive attitude, and not once thought it would end this way.
‘It is really hard to believe this is actually happening.
‘The family is coming together to make sure the kids have what they need which is keeping us all busy.
‘COVID doesn’t have any rules; it doesn’t discriminate. Get vaccinated.’
Davy, a labour and delivery nurse from San Bernardino County, California, worked throughout the pandemic at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center until she was seven months pregnant.
The baby was delivered while she was in hospital with severe symptoms.
The family had gone on holiday to Santa Ana with their four children, aged seven, five, three and two.
But they became poorly when they returned around August 2.
The whole family tested positive with COVID-19, and both parents were hospitalised on August 12, when Davy was 34 weeks pregnant.
Doctors decided to deliver the baby six weeks early via C-section in an attempt to save both their lives.
But Davy, who battled blood clots, fever and collapsed lungs, passed away on August 26.
Daniel, a school teacher, is showing improvement every day.
Now a fundraising campaign has been launched to help the children, Greyson, Kali, Eris and Aili, who are being cared for by their grandparents.
Vong said: “Davy was a super mum – she was selfless and made sure that her kids and patients had everything they needed.
‘She was always smiling and I am not really sure when she slept.
‘She volunteered in her kid’s schools, threw them adorable themed birthday parties and made sure they knew they were loved.
‘She was the glue that held us all together.
‘I can imagine the really hard part will come in a month or two when reality kicks in.
‘At the same time, it’s amazing to see the positive impact Davy has had on so many people’s lives.’
Click here for more information and to donate to the GoFundMe campaign.
Scientists on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said in April there were ‘no specific safety concerns’ identified with ‘any brand of the Covid-19 vaccines’ in relation to pregnancy.
One mum revealed why she got the vaccine during pregnancy – despite being hesitant and fearing she would be judged.
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