The devastating news has come in today that a young doctor, who had been working valiantly throughout the pandemic, has tragically passed away, just weeks after his own father.
Since the start of the year, a devastating pandemic has gripped the globe, and it is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
The virus, which originated in China, was quick to spread across the globe, bringing most countries to a total standstill.
As it stands, there are over twenty million cases of the virus worldwide.
Doctors and nurses all across the country have been working inhumane hours to keep up with the influx of patients and virus cases.
And now, a father and a son who both worked as doctors in their lifetimes have become the latest victims of the pandemic.
At the time of writing, there have been 747, 245 recorded COVID-19 deaths.
And we can’t even begin to imagine what the families of those lost to this horrendous virus must be currently going through.
Dr. Jorge A. Vallejo, eighty-nine, and his middle son, Dr. Carlos Francisco Vallejo, fifty-seven, have sadly died within mere weeks of each other.
And he had treated thousands of people before his retirement in 2005.
And once treated the late Cuban salsa icon, Celia Cruz.
But tragically succumbed to the virus just 6 days later.
His family said he was caring for as many as seventy-six COVID-19 patients, many of them elderly nursing home residents before he fell sick.
Relatives said in interviews with the Miami Herald that five members in their family, including Carlos’ wife, were infected with COVID-19, which they believe Carlos contracted from one of his patients.
Carlos sadly lost his battle on August 1st.
This has, of course, been a huge loss for the family.
Speaking about his father, Carlos’ son, Charlie said:
“My dad was a great athlete… He actually turned down a [sports] scholarship to study medicine in the Dominican Republic.”
“We just lost basically both of our anchors of our whole entire family,” Jessica Vallejo, told the Herald.
His online obituary reads:
“His children remember him as their hero and role model who always encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams.”
“He was a very generous and kind individual who loved his family, friends, and job. He was born and raised Catholic and was dedicated to his faith.”
Where his family and friends were able to make their final goodbyes.
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