A father-son couple in Florida died of the coronavirus within five weeks of getting to know each other, the Miami Herald reported.
Retired obstetrician and gynecologist Jorge Vallejo, 89, died on June 27, six days after he was admitted to the Palmetto General Hospital.
His son Carlos Vallejo, 57, who is also a doctor, was hospitalized the same day his father died. Carlos Vallejo, resident physician practice, died August 1 after spending 42 days in intensive care at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla.
Family members interviewed by Herald believe that Carlos Valleja fell ill after treating dozens of coronavirus-infected patients, many of them elderly and in nursing homes.
Jorge Vallejo and his family are Cuban immigrants, and Jorge Vallejo himself is a blunt critic of Fidel Castro̵7;s regime. He fled Cuba with his wife and children in 1965 and had a family of physicians. His other sons, Jorge Velljo Jr and Freddy Vallejo, respectively, became psychiatrists and dentists.
Jorge Vallejo Sr. caught national attention in the 1990s, giving birth to the youngest baby in America Baby Zascha, now 28, weighs less than a pound and was dubbed the “Miracle Baby” after being born in 1992.
At the time, Jorge Vallejo said that the delivery made him feel “close to God”, according to the Miami newspaper.
News of Vallejos’ death comes after Florida witnessed a significant increase in coronavirus cases in late June and July.
Since cases peaked in mid-July, the state has seen cures for newly confirmed infections. In particular, Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami have suffered some of the state’s worst outbreaks since the pandemic began.
The Vallejos first settled in Key West and finally in Hialeah, Fla., An area close to the state hotspot.