Within 11 days, two siblings die of coronavirus. Their mom advises people to take the virus seriously, and her most important note is that it would be better for people to stay at home.
The trip that started it all
Monete Hicks was always "homebound" with her two kids, Byron, 20, and Mychaela, 23, in Lauderhill, Florida, during the pandemic. Admittedly, she told CNN that both her children had preexisting conditions. In June, the trio decided to get some fresh air and took a trip to Orlando.
Soon, Byron started struggling with breathing one Saturday. Hicks told Local10 that paramedics rushed her son to the hospital, but the boy was losing so much oxygen. At noon on June 27, Byron slipped away after he went into a cardiac arrest.
Hicks told CNN that she lost her baby.
Hicks's daughter started feeling sick four days after the tragic loss. Mychaela asked her mom to bring her to the hospital. She first had a headache and a fever, but her condition worsened. Hicks told Local10 that one moment she heard her daughter's condition was stable, then another moment, Mychaela's kidneys were failing.
Both had preexisting conditions
On July 8, 11 days after her brother died, Mychaela died too. Both kids tested positive with the coronavirus. Hicks was not sure how her children contracted the virus. She believes that the preexisting condition of her kids was a factor. They had asthma and obesity.
Hicks told CNN that her children were her hearts. She added that they will always be her hearts.
Darisha Scott, Hicks' niece, described to CNN the wonderful traits the two had. She said that Byron was the goofball of the family, and the boy loves both gaming and his relatives. Scott also noted that Mychaela was very outgoing and loving. She also said that the girl was the light of the family, adding that her smile could light up a room.
Finally, Scott said that both teens were exceptional people in this world.
Mom and cousin's advice to people
Hicks set up a GoFundMe page to help with the funeral expenses. She urges the people to take the virus seriously because it is real, and it is out there. She advises people to stay away from others if they have been in contact with a person with COVID-19.
She said that it would be better to let other people around you know about your condition. She reminds people to wear masks, stay sanitized, and better to stay at home.
Scott emphasized that COVID-19 is not something the government just made up; therefore, it is not a joke nor a game. She added that it has nothing to do with either democrat or republican. She ended by saying that no one wants the disease, so nobody should feel the pain that even her auntie does not deserve.
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