A four-year-old boy in San Antonio, Texas, has lost both his father and mother to coronavirus in a span of about 100 days.
Raiden Gonzalez is now under the care of his grandmother Rozie Salinas after his father died in June and his mother died in October.
“Raiden being left behind, it’s very hard,” Ms Salinas told WOAI on Thursday.
Family members said his father, Adan Gonzalez, contracted COVID-19 at work, testing positive on June 3. He was hospitalised six days later.
He died in the intensive care unit on June 26, after being “one of the two sickest in the hospital,” Ms Salinas said.
Then the young boy’s mother, Mariah Gonzalez, was healthy until the night of October 5 when she was rushed to hospital by ambulance.
She died the following morning, according to the boy’s great aunt Margie Bryant.
The boy has said he wants to “talk like” and “be like” his father and took his mother’s death even harder.
“A couple of days ago, he said he wishes he could bring her back,” Ms Bryant said.
Raiden Gonzalez’s birthday is on November 22 and he has been “very upset because his mum and dad are not here to celebrate with him,” Ms Bryant added.
The family has planned a birthday drive-through parade with fire trucks, classic cars and bikes to try to lift the boy’s spirits.
“He’s always thanking me for taking care of him, but I’ve just got to think about him. It’s a hard situation to process,” Ms Salinas told The Daily Mail.
A GoFundMe raising funds for funeral expenses, Raiden and his grandmother called Mariah Gonzalez “a light to this world” and said her “joy of motherhood and beautiful smile will be so beyond missed”.
The parents “leave behind their beautiful four-year-old son Raiden who loves his parents more than anything,” the fundraiser said.
As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe with a $25,000 goal had reached more than $44,000.
Ms Bryant said: “We’ve lost two people now to COVID-19 and I can’t emphasise enough the severity, the seriousness and the hurt that this pandemic can cause.
“So wear your mask, be safe.”
Last week, Texas became the first US state to surpass one million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and on Friday topped 7000 hospitalisation for the first time since the beginning of August.
The US has been hit hard by the pandemic, with 11.2 million confirmed cases and 246,000 deaths.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission