DALLAS – A Dallas family says they lost 2 family members from COVID-19 just hours apart.
Nick Castaneda and his son-in-law, Jenaro Moreno, both contracted the virus within days of each other and invested 2 weeks in the healthcare facility.
Family members say both died in May, due to complications from COVID-19. The household says 2 other family members in the same family likewise got the infection but endured.
Coronavirus coverage The loss is big for the household and for Castaneda’s extended family at Hamburger Home, where he worked for 15 years. Both guys leave behind a large household that is still attempting to process the loss.
Nick Castanada and Jenaro Moreno both cohabited in the very same Oak Cliff home with their households, a home that hasn’t been the exact same considering that May.
It started when Nick began feeling COVID-19 symptoms around mid-May. After a few days, the signs sent him to the healthcare facility and was placed on a ventilator.
“When he got there, his blood oxygen was at 30. That’s basically already losing it,” stated Susannie Castaneda, Nick’s child. “His lips were purple. His nails were purple.”
The next day, the household says Nick’s son-in-law, who’s been homebound since having a stroke about 3 years earlier, also felt symptoms from the virus and the family called 911.
“It has actually been really hard,” Susannie said. “A lot of people do not think this COVID is major, but it’s extremely, extremely major. My bro in law never stepped foot out of the home, and he still got it.”
Two weeks later on May 29, Nick and Moreno died simply hours apart.
“My brother-in-law died initially around 4 a.m. Friday morning,” Susannie said. “And my dad died at 12 that afternoon. Very same day.”
However the loss has also been felt in the surrounding community.
For 15 years, Nick was a familiar face around the Hamburger Home in the University Park area.
“He understood individuals’s names. He understood what they ordered. He understood individuals’s kid’s names,” stated Burger House co-owner Angelo Chantilis. “Simply reveals he delighted in existing.”
Restaurant owners state customers enjoyed Nick, and the feeling was shared.
“I actually believe that’s what Nick loved most about it, he liked the interaction with the clients,” stated Hamburger House co-owner Christopher Canellos. “The clients have certainly liked him. I think that was his most significant draw to sticking with us.”
As current COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations have now increased to tape numbers, the Castaneda family hopes their story can assist others find out.
“You don’t feel it up until it hits home, and you don’t desire that sensation,” Susannie stated. “Don’t find out the hard way. We need to just draw it up and stay home.”
In less than 24 hr, the Park Cities community has already raised nearly $50,000 for the household. Burger Home owners state that’s simply a testimony to who Castaneda was and the effect he had.