Davy contracted Covid-19 while heavily pregnant with her baby, who was delivered when she was in hospital with severe symptoms. She died days after her child was delivered
The family of an unvaccinated nurse who died with coronavirus before meeting her newborn baby is begging others to get the jab.
Mother-of-five Davy Macias died after contracting the virus whilst on holiday with her husband, Daniel Macias, and their four children.
According to her family, the 37-year-old had been wary of getting the vaccine while she was pregnant, so had planned to delay it until she had given birth.
But Davy contracted Covid-19 while heavily pregnant with her baby, who was delivered when she was in hospital with severe symptoms. She died days after her child was delivered.
Daniel is critically-ill in hospital with Covid so their new child is currently being ‘Baby Girl Macias’ until her dad recovers and can name her
As Davy’s family reels from the tragedy, her brother Vong Serey is sharing her story in a bid to persuade others to get their Covid vaccination.
Vong, from La Verne, California, US, said losing any family is hard, but losing a young, amazing mum it was “just that much harder”.
“She had such a positive attitude, and not once thought it would end this way,” he said.
“COVID doesn’t have any rules; it doesn’t discriminate. Get vaccinated.”
Vong said the family was coming together to ensure the kids had what they needed, which was helping to keep them all busy.
Relatives said labour and delivery nurse Davy worked throughout the pandemic at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, until she was seven months pregnant.
The family then travelled to the Great Wolf Lodge in Santa Ana with their four children, aged seven, five, three and two, but became ill when they returned, around August 2. The whole family subsequently all tested positive for Covid-19.
While the kids bounced back, both parents were hospitalised on August 12, when Davy was 34 weeks pregnant.
Her brother said she had also contracted pneumonia and “wasn’t feeling great”, but was still optimistic.
Several days later, on August 18, the family was told that Davy’s lungs were collapsing, while she had blood clots and was spiking fevers. Doctors decided to deliver her baby daughter via c-section six weeks early, in an attempt to save both their lives.
The mum from San Bernardino County, California, passed away on the morning of August 26, without having met her newborn daughter.
Daniel Macias is still currently in hospital in critical condition but showing improvement every day. He does not know that his wife of eleven years has passed.
The now two-week-old infant is in the NICU but said to be doing well. Daniel and Davy’s other children were being looked after by their paternal grandparents while their father recovered.
Other relatives had also started a fundraiser to help the children with food, clothing and other expenses.
Vong believes that his younger sister did not get the vaccine as she was wary about potential effects on her pregnancy.
Vong said his sister was the “glue that held [them] all together”, a super mum who was selfless and determined to ensure her kids and patients had everything they needed.
“She was always smiling and I am not really sure when she slept,” he said. “She volunteered in her kid’s schools, threw them adorable themed birthday parties and made sure they knew they were loved.”
Vong said he expected the “really hard part” would come in a month or two when reality kicks in.
NHS England released figures on July 30 revealing that no double-jabbed pregnant women had been admitted to hospital.
Since May, just three women have been admitted after having their first vaccine.
In contrast, almost all (98%) pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID-19 had not been jabbed.