Parents of 5 Children Including Newborn Die 2 Weeks Apart From COVID

The parents of five children, including a newborn baby girl, have died two weeks apart after they were both struck down by the Delta variant in California.

Daniel, 38, and Davy Macias, 37, from Yucaipa, were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) within days of each other after contracting COVID-19.

The married couple were parents to five children, all aged under seven, with the youngest daughter being delivered late last month while Davy was receiving treatment.

But, Davy died on August 26 after losing her fight with the variant, according to a family statement shared on the crowdfunding platform, GoFundMe.

Daniel, a Rialto Unified School District educator (RUSD), was revealed to have died two weeks later on Thursday, September 9.

Vong Serey, Davy's brother, told The San Bernadino Sun that his sister was not vaccinated against COVID-19. He said she had been hesitant to get jabbed as she was pregnant

The family statement read: "Thank you again for everyone's kind words and support during this tragic time. Although we do get a few "I told you so" type messages regarding vaccines, 99% of the comments are positive and helpful, so thank you for that."

An update on the GoFundMe page on Friday revealed Daniel died from the same COVID-19 complications as his wife.

It read: "Incredibly sad news. 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."

Neither parent met their newborn daughter before they died, according to Davy's sister Terri Serey.

She told KTLA: "It's absolutely heartbreaking. We were really pulling for Daniel after Davy died. We wanted him to wake up and name his baby girl."

Terri added: "I don't know anyone who loved their kids as much as they did, and they made sure they told them every day."

Terri said in the GoFundMe account the page had been trolled regarding vaccines but did not elaborate further in her post.

Family members told The San Bernadino Sun the couple developed symptoms after they went on a trip to the beach as well as an indoor water park at the end of July.

A statement from the RUSD shared with The San Bernadino Sun read: "On behalf of the Board of Education and Superintendent, Dr. Avila, we share the grief with his families and Jehue staff. It is a challenging time but Mr. Macias left a legacy of educational excellence for countless students,"

It added: "Our thoughts and condolences are with the Macias family."

The GoFundMe page asking for $200,000 dollars was organized on behalf of the family after Davy and Daniel entered the ICU.

As of Sunday morning, the fundraiser had reached $186,168 in donations from more than 3,000 people.

All the money raised will go to the children and grandparents to help them and an account has been set up.

Newsweek has contacted the GoFundMe page organizers for comment.

Daniel and Davy died from COVID
Daniel and Davy died from COVID. In this photo, used in the GoFundMe campaign, the family can be seen on the beach. GoFundMe