A Los Angeles mom and dad died of coronavirus in the space of a day – leaving children under five, according to a new report.
Carina Bonilla, 38, died Monday, her 60-year-old husband, Humberto Ruelas-Rivas, passed away a day earlier. KTLA reported.
They left five children between the ages of 2 and 17 and two adult daughters of Rulus-Rivassex from a previous relationship.
“Within six days, I lost my father,” said Maria Ruelas, 35, daughter of Ruelas-Rivas, a Downey resident. “Within eight hours, I lost my stepfather. Now I have five children. “
Rulus believes his stepmother contracted the corona virus from a fruit vendor he worked with, who showed signs but did not want to self-isolate.
“He went back to work and within a week he started giving symptoms,” Rulus told the station. “She went home and then my father got sick.”
Rulus told KDLA that he could not say goodbye to his father at last.
“Even if they die, the virus is still active in their body, so you can’t touch the body,” he said. “I hope this story doesn’t repeat itself. This is devastating. “
Ruelas, who is now engaged, told the station he was trying to get legal custody of his siblings – and added, “I’m glad to do this in memory of my father.”
She is also taking care of her 30-year-old sister who was hospitalized with coronavirus and suffered from stroke.
“It will be a struggle,” Ruelas told the station. “I don’t have children of my own. Now I know this is the reason.”