A father and son in Florida died of coronavirus within five weeks of each other, the Miami Herald reported.
Retired gynecologist and obstetrician Jorge Vallejo, 89, died June 27, six days after being hospitalized at Palmetto General Hospital.
His son, 57-year-old Carlos Vallejo, who is also a doctor, was hospitalized the same day his father died. Carlos Vallejo, who was an intern intern, died Aug. 1 after spending 42 days in the intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla.
Family members interviewed by the Herald believe Carlos Valleja contracted the disease after treating dozens of coronavirus patients, many of whom were elderly and in nursing homes.
Jorge Vallejo and his family were Cuban immigrants, and Jorge Vallejo himself was an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro̵7;s regime. He fled Cuba with his wife and children in 1965 and had a family full of doctors. The other boys, Jorge Velljo Jr. and Freddy Vallejo, became psychiatrists and dentists, respectively.
Jorge Vallejo Sr. gained national attention in the 1990s when he handed over the smallest US-born baby Baby Zascha, who is now 28 years old, weighed less than a pound and was named the “Wonderful Baby” after her birth in 1992.
At the time, Jorge Vallejo said the surrender made him feel “close to God,” according to the Miami newspaper.
The news of Vallejo’s deaths comes after Florida saw a significant increase in coronavirus cases in late June and July.
Since the count of the case arrived in mid-July, the state has seen a recurrence of newly confirmed infections. In particular, Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami endured 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 near the state hotspot.