Ashley Gomez likes to take care of others. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a nurse and is happy to help patients grow. Recently, the 30-year-old six-year-old mother worked in a gathering place in the Los Angeles area, responsible for care services. Her selflessness was one of the reasons why she did not seek treatment when she first developed COVID-19 symptoms. She wanted to make sure that those seriously ill patients were helped before her.
“She just cared about others. She was waiting for herself to go to the hospital. She was like, “Mom, there may be a bed for someone who needs it more than me,”
On December 18, Gomez, who was 37 weeks pregnant, went to the hospital. He gave birth to Corey shortly after the emergency C-section. Feeling better after childbirth, but breathing is getting heavier, put on a ventilator. Two weeks later, she passed away.
“This is devastating,” Gonik said. “It’s unbelievable. From the inside out, what a wonderful person she is.”
Difficulty breathing and fever
The family (including Gonik and her husband) did not know how they contracted COVID-19. When Gomez worked during the pandemic, she had plenty of personal protective equipment. Despite this, she is still worried like anyone else that she will catch the coronavirus even if she travels to the grocery store.
“She was a little worried, but I would say she thought she would be fine,” Gonik said. “She is very strong.”
No one else in their family had symptoms as severe as Gomez. She has difficulty breathing and has a fever. Five days after the first symptoms appeared, she went to the hospital, where staff tried to help her breathe and control her fever. They discovered that she had a urinary tract infection and began treatment for it. They hope that controlling the infection will also reduce her fever.
As her condition worsened, the doctor performed an emergency cesarean section to give birth to her sixth son, Corey. Before the doctor drove him away, she glanced at him. The baby is in good condition and has never been infected with COVID-19. After giving birth, Gomez seemed to be improving.
She was texting and saying,’I do better. I feel better,” Gornick said. “I thought,’Oh, thank God. ‘I said, “Relax.”
But her breathing worsened that night, and the doctor intubated her.
“She’s gone,” Gonik said. “The machine keeps her alive.”
But the reports they hear will give them hope, for example when her dependence on machines decreases. The doctor suspected that the UTI caused another infection, and they were not sure where it was. Nevertheless, they tried to treat it. But the family received a call in early January that made them realize that Gomez would never recover.
“She had a fever of 109 overnight, and the fever disappointed her,” Gonik said. “The doctor is like,’She is dying. Her organs are shutting down. She is undergoing dialysis and ventilator treatment, and then heart failure.”
The next day, the hospital called Gornick and Gomez’s husband and urged them to come back and say goodbye to Gomez. When they sat next to her bed, Gomez stopped breathing, and the staff tried to save her.
“It was so difficult for her,” Gonik recalled. “The doctor said,’We can continue to do this, otherwise we will stop and let her live in peace’… So, I faced this difficult decision.”
Shortly thereafter, Gomez died on January 3.
Gomez likes to be the mother of five boys, 11-year-old Ryan, 9-year-old Zachary, 2-year-old Maverick, and 1-year-old Jordan (Jordan). She never really met Corey. Her family recalled how she lived rudely with these boys and practiced baseball with them.
“When my father told them, they collapsed. It was horrible, unbelievable.” Gornick said. “(Jacob) is like,’Sunshine, why does my mom have to go? Why?’ And it’s hard. I’m like “Sweetheart, we are all here, but mom is in your heart. “
Her two children had a different father, and the father died. Gomez and her husband have divorced but are married. Gonik said the family hopes that the boys can be together.
“We need to keep those boys together. They love each other very much, depend on each other, and depend on each other every day.” She said. “We may face challenges.”
The family is struggling to lose Gomez.
“It’s difficult. The grief of each of us is different now. It is very difficult because we all love her very much,” Gonik said. “The COVID took her away from us.”
The family established GoFundMe to help her sons raise funds, and the goal is about to be achieved. Gornick hopes that Gomez’s story will encourage people to make their own contributions to protect others from COVID-19.
“What a brilliant, smart, caring and helpful person she is. It’s not fair. She doesn’t deserve this,” Gonik said. “I hope people will take this pandemic seriously, wear masks and social distancing, because COVID is there and it’s scary.”