More Than 214,000 Children Left to Rebuild Their Lives on Their Own After Losing Parents to Coronavirus

Kenia Penalba, an emergency medical technician, was unable to comfort her step-father when he was hospitalized with COVID in August.

“As soon as he was intubated, his organs started failing. And we were told he had a day or so left to live. I had to say goodbye on FaceTime because they wouldn’t allow visitors due to the pandemic,” the 23-year-old told CBS News.

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What’s worse is her mother was sick with the virus too.

“She died a few days after, which I suspect is more so because of heartbreak than because of the virus,” Penalba said.

Penalba was left to care for her 13-year-old brother, Lazaro, and 90-year-old grandmother.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Manuel Bojorquez

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