Lloyd Torres Queens NYC man loses his mother and brother to COVID-19 within the space of 24 hours as he tells of his family heartbreak.
Torres, a hospital administrator at Columbia University Irving Center, said his 73-year-old mom Lolita and 47-year-old brother Louis, a nursing-home worker, started feeling sick at the home they share in Briarwood on April 1.
‘[Louis] was aching, not feeling well, really had a hard time going to the subway and back home,’ Torres told the tabloid. ‘He started to have difficulty breathing, couldn’t keep food down.’
But it got worse.
Lolita later called 911 for herself where she rushed to Queens Hospital Center.
Within days, Louis’s kidney function had badly deteriorated, and he died at the hospital Wednesday.
‘His heart stopped,’ Torres said. ‘My brother was way too young.’
Torres’s mom, who also suffered from pneumonia, had died the day before, on Tuesday.
‘How did this happen? I just don’t have those answers, nobody knows how or where this was contracted,’ Torres said.
But there’s more.
To make matters worse, it was nearly impossible to find a funeral home that would lay his loved ones to rest, he said.
‘We called around and were met with a very strange responses from ‘No, we can’t’ to ‘It’s impossible’ to ‘You have to join a waitlist,’’ he said.
Eventually, Torres found one in Westchester to take the bodies.
On Wednesday, Torres posted a Facebook tribute to his ‘loving’ mother and brother.
‘Today we lost my little brother Louis. He was a generous and sensitive soul, who lived life on his terms. He, like my mom, succumbed to COVID 19,’ it read.
Torres now wants people everywhere to know they shouldn’t leave the house without a pressing reason.
‘[The] cautionary tale is that we all have to stay at home and do our part. We have to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,’ he said.
As of Sunday morning, the United States had recorded 533,115 cases of COVID-19 contractions with 20,580 deaths. A breakdown of NY statistics where the pandemic has been rampant revealed a staggering 181,144 contractions along with 8,627 deaths.