A Texas mother, 33, has died of COVID-19 after her entire family of seven, including her newborn baby, contracted the virus last month.
Victoria Gallardo, of Cypress, died on March 16, exactly six weeks after she first tested positive for the virus, leaving behind her husband Armando and their five young children.
Her death was announced on one GoFundMe page set up to help her grieving family, who shared how Gallardo “ fought this battle out to her last breath. ”
The mother of five, who had no known underlying health problems, is one of more than 48,000 Texans who have died since the virus began ravaging America a year ago.
A Texas mother, 33, has died of COVID-19 after her entire family of seven, including her newborn baby, contracted the virus last month. Victoria Gallardo with husband Armando and Amanda, 9, Liliana, 7, Catalina, 6 and 3-year-old Christian
Victoria Gallardo, of Cypress, died on March 16, exactly six weeks after she first tested positive for the virus
Gallardo tested positive for COVID-19 on February 2, just days after giving birth to her baby daughter Gianna, who is now seven weeks old.
Her husband Armando told it ABC 7 earlier this month, the whole family had taken the virus seriously, wearing masks everywhere, while his wife even wore gloves in their own home.
But the couple’s nine-year-old daughter Amanda fell ill with COVID-19 after showing symptoms at school.
Before long, the entire family of seven had contracted the virus, including baby Gianna who was only 11 days old at the time.
Armando said they were afraid the newborn wouldn’t make it.
“She got a really high fever, didn’t want to eat, slept a lot,” he said.
‘We got so worried. We didn’t think she would make it all the way. ‘
Gallardo (pictured with her three older daughters) leaves behind her husband Armando and their five young children
Her death was announced on a GoFundMe page set up to help her grieving family, who shared how Gallardo ‘fought this battle to her very last breath’
But Armando and the five children – Amanda, 7-year-old Liliana, 6-year-old Catalina, 3-year-old Christian and Gianna – all recovered as Gallardo’s condition worsened.
The virus soon developed into pneumonia and Gallardo ended up in critical condition in the ICU and into a medically induced coma.
Armando vowed not to give up, even after being told by hospital staff that there was nothing more they could do to save his wife.
‘It breaks my heart when the doctor says there is nothing else they can do. She’s not ready yet, ‘he said earlier this month.
‘There’s no way. We are not giving up. ‘
Armando also posted a heartbreaking video to Facebook on March 9, begging people to wear masks while continuing to hope for his wife’s recovery.
‘It’s hard to see your loved one like that. So I suggest people keep wearing masks, ”he said.
Armando posted a heartbreaking video to Facebook on March 9, begging people to wear masks while continuing to hope for his wife’s recovery.
Gallardo sadly lost her battle with the virus last Tuesday, leaving behind her young children, husband, mother Victoria Guadalupe Valladares, brother Carlos Rene Valladares and sister Genesis Nicole Valladares.
“While many family, friends, and others have prayed for her recovery, we recognize that she is now healed; just not in the way we expected, ‘read the GoFundMe.
“Armando and Victoria’s primary goal was to bring the greatest love to their children, teach them valuable lessons, and create long-lasting and cherished experiences.”
The GoFundMe had collected $ 35,000 in donations on Friday.