JuanJose Martinez took on a huge responsibility at the age of 19-after taking care of his 43-year-old mother who died of the coronavirus in August, taking care of his 4 young siblings aged 7 to 15.
He said the teenager from Palmdale, California cooks, cleans and helps his siblings with online education. But this is not the hardest part.
“It is still difficult for them, but I will try my best to comfort them,” Martinez expressed sadness when talking about his countrymen, who said they need emotional support. “Sometimes we cry together.”
Martinez, his mother Brenda Martinez, and his five siblings all tested positive for the coronavirus in early August, which shocked the entire family.
“She’s just been very careful. She usually stays at home and takes extra precautions.” Martinez said of his diabetic mother. “She always wears a mask when she goes out. She always disinfects.”
Martinez said he took similar precautions and his five siblings basically stayed at home to receive virtual education.
Siblings (most of them are asymptomatic) (one of them is a two-year-old child, now living with his father). But Juan and his mother were not so lucky. When they were quarantined at their Palmdale home, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, they experienced many symptoms commonly associated with coronavirus, such as cough, fever and chills.
After a few days of isolation, when Brenda began to have difficulty breathing, her mild symptoms became severe. Martinez said that she was short of breath at the time and was taken to the Palm Valley Regional Medical Center. Later, she was unresponsive and put on a ventilator. During this period, Juan continued to fight his illness while still serving as a full-time father, suddenly taking care of five siblings who had no mother.
According to the Los Angeles Times of the National Broadcasting Corporation, when their father was unable to help, the family’s bills were piled up. Brenda’s son, Crystal Acosta Torres, set out for the family’s basic expenses Online fundraising event.
Acosta Torres told the City News Agency: “My nephew is grateful because he is making these decisions for his mother and taking care of his brothers and sisters while he continues to fight for his own lives. This is very important.” Donate. “This is difficult for the family, and we want to thank everyone for their help where possible.”
However, after staying in the hospital for a week and a half, Brenda died of contracting the virus in her family two weeks ago and left six children. Her eldest son watched the doctor perform cardiopulmonary treatment on her while watching a video conference. The resuscitation was before her death.
Martinez said he eventually contracted pneumonia due to the virus. He is now speaking out and urging others to take the coronavirus seriously. This is one of the ways he hopes to keep his mother’s memory.
“This is very serious. Our mother took away from us, and I hate that anyone else would encounter such a thing,” Martinez said.
Martinez added that this made him reluctant to see people failing to comply with coronavirus safety regulations, such as wearing masks and staying away from society. He said this behavior is particularly dangerous because people with underlying health conditions like his mother are at greater risk of complications if they contract the virus.
He said: “Sometimes I go to the store and see a few people without masks,”
In July, California surpassed New York to become the state with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Then, according to the analysis of the Los Angeles Times, August will continue to be the deadliest month during the California pandemic, with 3,745 reported deaths, an 18% increase from July.
In an interview with NBC Los Angeles on October 28, Martinez reiterated his advice to those who still think the coronavirus is a hoax.
He warned: “I just want people to take precautions.” “This is not a joke.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, with the rapid increase in coronavirus cases across the country and the fastest spread of infections, Martinez hopes that people will learn from his family’s stories.
As for the other way Martinez said, he kept his mother’s memory: six necklaces with his mother’s ashes on them. There is one for every Brenda’s child, and her eldest son hopes his brothers and sisters, especially younger ones, will remember her.
He said: “I plan to do everything they can to move forward with them to provide the best way.”
On Wednesday, Martinez launched another online fundraiser for his family after raising more than $75,000 in their last fundraising event in August.
Martinez wrote on the new fundraising website: “I assure her [mother] I will put my brothers and sisters together and take care of them. “