Davy and Daniel Macias: Unvaxxed California parents of 5 kids die of Covid
Davy and Daniel Macias's five children, including an unnamed, newborn infant, are now left without parents
A nurse and her husband in northern California, who were both unvaccinated, died of Covid-19 complications, leaving behind their five children. Kaiser Permanente, 37, from Oakland, California, died shortly after delivering her youngest baby daughter. Days later, her husband, 38-year-old Daniel, succumbed to the virus too. All five of their children, including the unnamed infant, are now orphans.
Sharing the news on a GoFundMe page for the children, a family friend wrote, "Daniel lost his fight with COVID yesterday afternoon. There aren't words to explain the loss of both him and Davy. Keep the kids in your thoughts and prayers. They gained two angels but still have a long road ahead of them. The kids are in good spirits, not understanding the gravity of what is happening."
Daniel and Davy were not vaccinated against the virus and contracted the infection last month. Davy's youngest daughter was delivered at 32 weeks when Davy was hospitalized and unconscious after contracting Covid. She died on August 26. "My mom and I went to see her one last time on that bed... that's an image that's going to stay with me,' Davy's sister, Vandana Serey, told KABC.
Who were Davy and Daniel Macias?
Vandana Serey described Davy as someone who touched everybody's life. "When she's there, she's an advocate for all of her patients. It's always for the benefit of the patient and the babies. She's a great and an amazing woman," she said. The GoFundMe page says that Daniel was alive for two weeks after Davy took her last breath. A middle school mathematics teacher, Daniel fought 'to stay here with his babies'. Before he died, Daniel sent a text to Serey from the hospital.
'He was trying to breathe and said, if anyone is not vaccinated, I suggest you do now,' she said. A family friend said that he tested negative for the virus by September 6, 'but the damage has been done'. Daniel died on September 9. More than $202,000 has been raised on GoFundMe. "Davy was the best,' wrote one of Davy's colleagues. "She was such a joy to see at work, always willing to help, always so kind and positive, and she always brought us food. She has spoken up and defended me when I needed it. I will miss her greatly. I will be continually praying for her husband and her little ones. Davy, thank you for your kindness and joy. I will always treasure my memories of you."
Another colleague wrote on Facebook, "Davy was a GREAT mother who adored her children. She was an EXCELLENT nurse who cared for others. Her Kaiser, family, and friends have lost a good one. She was an overall good person. I feel blessed to have know and worked beside her."
In January, Davy had written on social media about the stress involved in being a nurse during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. "I’ve been an OB RN for 11 years. This month I’ve floated almost every shift to a COVID unit. I floated to covid med surge and covid ICU, too many COVID shifts for my liking, but at the end of the day, I am grateful," she had written. The family has confirmed that Davy and Daniel's newborn baby girl is thriving, and has "gained a whole lb since last week and she is alert and has even cracked a little smile".