‘Mom, I wish I was vaccinated’: final words from teacher, 32, killed by COVID days after giving birth
A Texas teacher texted her own mother to say in her last message, “Mom, I wish I was vaccinated” before succumbing to COVID just two days after giving birth.
Paige Ruiz, 32, waited to get the vaccine until after the baby was born. She was nine months pregnant when she tested positive for COVID.
Ruiz’s mother, Robin Zinsou, told… CNNShe thought there wasn’t enough information or data to say she could confidently get vaccinated without harming the baby.
Paige Ruiz, 32, died of Covid two days after giving birth to her second child and spent her last days battling the virus and telling people to get the shot
Ruiz (pictured right with her husband Daniel and eldest daughter Joanna) waited to get the vaccine until after the baby was born and was nine months pregnant when she tested positive
“And I’d ask her, ‘Have you talked to the doctor? I want you to get vaccinated.” And she kept saying, “No, I’m going to wait until I have the baby.”
“She was afraid it would harm the baby.”
Ruiz was hospitalized with severe symptoms after testing positive, and doctors performed an emergency cesarean section to save her and her daughter.
She gave birth to a girl – Celeste. Ruiz and her husband, Daniel, have another daughter, Joanna.
“As soon as Celeste was delivered, they took her, and when my daughter came, they told them to keep each other separate because of the COVID,” Zinsou told CNN.
Robin Zinsou says her 32-year-old pregnant daughter, who died of Covid-19, regretted not getting vaccinated.
“She was afraid she would harm the baby,” Zinsou says, adding that she was always concerned that her daughter would not be vaccinated. “It was my biggest fear.” pic.twitter.com/2CLCJJkJMo
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Ruiz’s mother, Robin Zinsou (pictured), told CNN: ‘She didn’t think there was enough information or data to say she could confidently get vaccinated without harming the baby’
Ruiz passed away on August 15 and her last message before she died was ‘Mom I wish I was vaccinated’
Ruiz was a coordinator of student learning outcomes and federal programs in the Joshua Independent School District in Texas and had been the assistant principal of the high school for four years prior.
“Celeste was released from the hospital a few days later and we came up with a way to video chat so Paige could see the baby,” she added.
Within a few days, Ruiz’s health deteriorated rapidly. “It wasn’t until after she had the baby that things started to get worse,” Zinsou said.
“It was my biggest fear,” she added.
Ruiz passed away on August 15, and her last message before she died was “Mom, I wish I was vaccinated,” as reported by CNN.
Zinsou said, “She said she wished she’d had the vaccine, she texted me.
“I only found out after her death that she was texting the same message to her sister and her friends. And she wanted people to get vaccinated.’
Zinsou’s message to others: ‘Mask up. Get vaccinated so that this doesn’t happen to your family.’
Ruiz’s two daughters are ‘healthy and doing well’.
Their late mother was a coordinator of student learning and federal programs in the Joshua Independent School District in Texas. Before that, she had been the assistant principal of the high school for four years.
A statement from the school district read: “Her dedication and passion for educating students will always be remembered, along with her kindness to others.
On Tuesday, the US registered 135,245 cases of Covid-19 with a seven-day moving average of 151,005, up 145 percent from the average of 61,451 reported four weeks ago.
Deaths also rose with 1,405 virus-related fatalities on Tuesday and a seven-day moving average of 1,043, a peak of 320 percent from the average of 248 reported 28 days ago.
Ruiz’s tragic death comes as COVID cases and deaths continue to rise across the country as the Delta variant sparks a furious fourth wave of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, the US registered 135,245 cases of Covid-19 with a seven-day moving average of 151,005 — a 145 percent increase from the 61,451 average reported four weeks ago, and the highest figure since January.
Last week, the number of cases had grown by 207 percent in a month and by 393 percent the week before.
Deaths are also rising with 1,405 virus-related fatalities on Tuesday and a seven-day moving average of 1,043 — the average is above four digits for the fourth day in a row.
This is a 320 percent increase from the average of 248 reported 28 days earlier and the highest number since March 22.
Meanwhile, hospitals are facing an increase in patient numbers with more than three-quarters of all intensive care (ICU) beds in use, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).