A grandfather and his adult son, who are both doctors in Florida, have both died after contracting COVID-19.
Dr. Carlos Francisco Vallejo, 57, is believed to have been infected by one of his patients and five family members ended up sick with coronavirus including his wife and father Dr. Jorge A. Vallejo.
Dr. Jorge, 89, was widowed in 2005 and Dr. Carlos – an internist working on the frontlines with up to 76 patients including residents at three nursing homes – often provided his care.
Both Hialeah residents were admitted to hospital on June 27 but Jorge – a retired obstetrician and gynecologist – passed away six days later at Palmetto General Hospital, where Dr. Carlos was a board director.
A grandfather and his adult son, who are both doctors in Florida, have both died after contracting COVID-19
Dr. Carlos Francisco Vallejo (left), 57, is believed to have been infected by one of his 76 patients at three nursing homes. The father-of-three took care of his dad Dr. Jorge (pictured right, before his retirement), 89, and both were admitted to hospital in Florida on June 27
Carlos – who was a father-of-three – lost his battle with the virus on August 1 after 42 days in intensive care at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.
'We just lost basically both of our anchors of our whole entire family,' CBS4 News reporter Jessica Vallejo told the Miami Herald. 'In my eyes, [my grandfather] was the American Dream.'
Dr. Carlos was her uncle and Dr. Jorge was her grandfather. Dr. Jorge – who fled Cuba for Florida with his wife and children - delivered eight of his nine grandchildren.
He delivered the late Cuban salsa icon Celia Cruz and was also famed locally for delivering the smallest baby in the US 28 years ago, at less than one pound in weight.
'It made me feel near to God,' Dr. Jorge told the Miami Herald in 1992, about delivering Baby Zascha.
Dr. Carlos' children also called him a hero, saying he took all the precautions amid the pandemic and would use his personal time to make sure patients had everything they needed.
'He really was a hero to so many people. I didn't even want him to go to the nursing home and the hospitals because I was terrified,' his