Davy Macias, from 37 years, was intubated and died of complications from covid-19 when doctors helped her deliver her daughter. She couldn’t see her baby. Her husband, Daniel Macías, of 39 years, could only be with her daughter for a few minutes, as she was also hospitalized after contracting the virus. According to Davy’s sister-in-law, Terri Serey, Daniel waited to name the baby because he believed he and his wife would leave the hospital alive to introduce the newborn to their other four children.
But roughly one week after delivery, Davy died. And two weeks later, Daniel too. Daniel “was good enough to send me a picture of the baby,” Serey told The Washington Post. But “that was the last text I received from him.”
Davy and Daniel Macias of Yucaipa, California, are among the 658,000 Americans who died from coronavirus, Since the delta variant causes a resurgence of cases and health officials compete to immunize a population divided over whether to take the vaccine. Davy Macias did not get vaccinated because she was pregnant, Serey said. It is not clear if Daniel was vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention they asked the pregnant women get vaccinated, as studies show that coronavirus vaccines do not increase risk of spontaneous abortions. Rather, research shows that pregnant women face an increased risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, preterm birth and “other adverse pregnancy outcomes” if they contract the virus, according to the CDC.
The deaths of Davy and Daniel Macias recalled the story of Lydia and Lawrence Rodríguez, a couple from Texas that last month he died weeks apart, leaving four children without parents. None of them had been vaccinated. Before dying, Lydia Rodríguez asked her family to make sure that her children receive the vaccine.
The Macías children, who are being cared for by Daniel’s parents, don’t quite understand what happened to their mother and father, Serey said. After Daniel’s death on September 9, a counselor explained to the two oldest sons, ages 7 and 5, that their parents had left. Children spend a lot of time at night looking for mom and dad, said the sister-in-law of the boys’ mother.
In June, Davy and Daniel celebrated 11 years of marriage. Davy was a nurse Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and Daniel was a teacher in high school Jehue in San Bernardino County. When asked what the couple enjoyed doing together, Serey had an answer: her hobby was her children.
Because Davy used to work nights, he spent time with his children during the day. Davy’s TikTok account is almost entirely dedicated to relating life with his children. A video from last year shows her with her four children, all dressed in shark costumes, dancing to Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”. At the beginning of August, the whole family contracted covid-19. While the children recovered relatively quickly, symptoms only worsened in Davy, who went to the hospital for treatment. Less than a week later, Daniel followed her.
Davy was already intubated and had stopped communicating directly with his family when his last daughter was born by caesarean section on August 18. Approximately three days after the baby was born, Daniel was intubated. The husband and wife were separated by a few rooms in the hospital. “I had no idea that she passed away,” Davy’s sister-in-law said.
As news of the couple’s deaths circulated, Serey said strangers contacted her and her husband, Davy’s brother, Vong, to ask if they should get vaccinated. “They ask me questions about the side effects,” Serey said. “It’s interesting, because people want someone to give them the answer.” Your answer?
“I do not know anyone who has died from the vaccine, but I do know people who have died from covid.” Serey said she doesn’t know if Davy regretted not getting the coronavirus vaccine, but she got the impression that Davy didn’t think she would get seriously ill: “I don’t think she really thought it was going to get that bad.”