'Mommy is an angel now': Unvaccinated Texas mom-of-six, 27, dies of COVID less than two weeks after emergency C-section birth of baby she never got to hold

  • Mother-of-six Crystal Hernandez of Pasadena, 27, died of COVID complications days after her son was delivered via an emergency cesarean section 
  • In what may have been her last moments, Hernandez was told that the procedure was a success and that her son was healthy
  • She was never able to hold her newborn son - Hernandez was sedated and intubated soon afterward, and died on January 15
  • Hernandez and her husband, Rico, were not vaccinated against the virus
  • 'She was pregnant and so she had some concerns... she didn’t feel comfortable and so I wasn’t going to go against her wishes, said her husband, Rico

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An unvaccinated Texas mother-of-six died of COVID-caused pneumonia less than two weeks after an emergency cesarean section at 25 weeks pregnant before she could ever hold her youngest son. 

Crystal Hernandez, 27, of Pasadena, contracted COVID on New Year's Day and succumbed to complications on January 15. She and her husband, Rico, forewent vaccination due to uncertainty and their religious beliefs. 

'Me and my wife, we talked about it,' said Rico. 

'She was pregnant and so she had some concerns. It all happened so fast and it was being pushed on us very fast and she just didn’t want - she didn’t feel comfortable and so I wasn’t going to go against her wishes.'

Now, her son Koda is in the newborn intensive care unit, according to ABC 13. Her husband said that he is very strong and doing well.

Although his older children understand that their mother has passed away, Rico said his three-year-old son still asks when she will come home from the hospital.

'I try to explain to him [that] mommy is an angel now - she's watching over you.'  

Crystal Hernandez of Pasadena, 27 (far right) left behind her husband and six children after she succumbed to COVID-19 complications on January 15, just two weeks after she delivered her newborn son via emergency C-section

Koda, pictured, was delivered via C-section on January 6. Shortly before she was sedated and intubated, Hernandez received the news that the procedure had been a success - but she was never able to hold her youngest son before she died on January 15. 

Hernandez and her husband, Rico (left), forewent vaccination due to uncertainty and their religious beliefs

In what may have been her last moment of consciousness, her husband said, Hernandez was able to receive the happy news that her son was healthy and the January 6 emergency procedure had been a success. 

'They said that she did fine during the emergency C-section,' he told the outlet. 

'And that she was aware afterward and that they were able to tell her she had a healthy baby boy.'

But almost immediately after the procedure, she was sedated and intubated as her condition worsened. 

'She never woke up after that. Those were probably her last moments from what I know.'

In what may have been her last moment of consciousness Hernandez (pictured) was able to receive the happy news that her son was healthy and the January 6 emergency procedure had been a success - but she was never able to hold her newborn son

Hernandez's eldest daughter, Sophia (third from right), encouraged her father to share her mother's story. The deceased woman's three year old son, center, still asks his father when his mother is coming home from the hospital, her husband said

After New Years day, he said, he and Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19. Three days later, she 'started feeling chest tightness,' and her breathing 'got really, really short and really, really bad. Like she was struggling to talk.'

They decided that Hernandez needed to be hospitalized, and Rico said that her doctor told him that her condition was improving throughout the subsequent two weeks until her condition took a turn for the worse.

'We didn't get to see her until she was close,' he said. 'I wish I would have hugged her tighter and held her long before I let her walk through those sliding doors.'

Rico says his eldest child, Sophia, encouraged him to share her mother's story, telling him that she wants people to know who Hernandez was.   

'I tell my babies to be proud of their mom because she was very strong and she fought until the very end,' he said.

Hernandez and her husband met in their freshman year of high school in Pasadena, Rico said. 

'She was always very, very, very loving,' he said describing his wife. 

'She was goofy. She was always playing around. Always had a big smile and she loved to laugh. She loved to have a good time. Play around and have fun.' 

A GoFundMe for Hernandez's family has raised $19,298 since it was launched.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding is vaccinated, citing an increased risk for severe illness from the virus compared to people who are not pregnant. 

'Additionally, people who have COVID-19 during pregnancy are at increased risk of preterm birth and stillbirth and might be at increased risk of other pregnancy complications,' according to the CDC. 

As of January 21, 864,637 COVID-related deaths have been reported in the US, and there have been 70,233,482 confirmed infections.

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