Father’s COVID-19 death impacts family’s holiday

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — This year families across the country have been affected by COVID-19. One Harlingen family said this holiday season will feel empty compared to previous years.

Maggie Roux talked about how her life changed after her husband, German Roux.

German and Maggie were married for 16 years. He died from COVID-19 earlier this year, and Maggie says she never got the chance to say a proper goodbye.

“I got to see him about five days before he passed because I was in the hospital with COVID as well, my whole family got COVID,” said Maggie. 

By the time her son, Christopher Silva, started to get the first symptoms of the virus, saying goodbye to his father was not an option. 

“My mother was already admitted into the hospital, my father and sister had already been showing symptoms, and at that time my father was getting a little worse and worse as the days went on,” said Silva. 

Maggie said her husband served in the military, so only receiving a call on Thanksgiving, was something she had grown accustomed to.

“He was deployed to Afghanistan and to lraq and he was on the border mission in El Paso for about a year in half,” said Maggie. 

However, this holiday season, there will be no phone call.

“It’s different because this year we won’t receive a phone call, or you know no Facetime, nothing like that,” said Maggie. Her son adding, “This whole experience has been difficult and you know finally coming through the first round of holidays, it’s just a little empty.”

She is thankful that she gets to visit German at his gravesite in Mission.

“He is buried at the Mission Veterans Cemetery, so we get to see him at least once a week,” said Maggie.

Both Christopher and Maggie said they want everyone to see the importance of taking the proper precautions against COVID-19.

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