Texas Mother Falls Into Coma After COVID Outbreak Infects Entire Family

A Texas mother of five is fighting for her life in a medically induced coma after she and her entire family contracted COVID-19.

Victoria Gallardo, 33, gave birth to her fifth child just six weeks ago. She became severely unwell after her eldest daughter contracted the virus at school.

Her husband Armando Gallardo said his wife, who has no underlying health issues, is currently in a critical condition and is urging people to continue to wear masks and not let their guards down.

"So what do we do now? Do I just sit here and wait? Sit here and wait for my wife to die? I don't know what to do," Gallardo said in a video he shared over Facebook last week.

Victoria Gallardo's Covid Update!!!! Please share this video so we can get my wife the help she needs!!!!!Forgive me for my emotional state but going...

Gallardo said doctors have told him there is nothing else they can do, having exhausted all resources.

"I'm scared. My newborn has been without her mommy for two weeks. My kids need their mum. I need my wife," he added.

The couple welcomed their fifth child on January 23 and went home two days later. Their 9-year-old daughter tested positive for COVID-19 on January 26 after coming down with a fever at school.

"She developed a really high fever, didn't want to eat, was sleeping a lot. We became so worried. We didn't think she was going to make it at all," Gallardo told ABC13.

Gallardo said he and his wife took the possibility of infection seriously, even wearing gloves around the home. However, it did not stop the entire family of seven from contracting the virus, even their youngest—who was just 11 days old.

As he and the children got better, his wife's condition worsened. Victoria Gallardo was diagnosed with pneumonia on February 2 and admitted to hospital with breathing complications on February 11.

"The doctors have exhausted all resources and done everything that they can," Armando Gallardo said in a video. "Her time isn't up. My hands are tied and there isn't much I can do."

Armando Gallardo is hoping his wife may be eligible for a lung transplant.

"Victoria deserves to have a chance at life again and return home to her five children, husband and family," he wrote in a Facebook post. "Going through this has been horrific and seeing your loved one go through this hurts so much. I would never wish this on anyone... COVID is no joke. People think it is until it hits home."

Newsweek has contacted the Gallardo family for comment.

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File photo: Medical staff wear full PPE as they attend to a patient with Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura/Getty Images