Georgia teen loses parents to coronavirus four days apart
A 17-year-old in Georgia lost both of his parents to COVID-19 four days apart.
“I know they’re watching me from above,” Justin Hunter told NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta. “They’re the ones that are going to give me strength to get through all of this.”
Hunter and his parents, Angie and Eugene, tested positive last month for COVID-19 — the disease caused by the coronavirus — and quarantined.
Hunter, the couple’s only child, could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.
After his parents’ symptoms worsened, they were admitted to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Hunter told WXIA.
“I never really thought about them even passing,” Hunter said. “That never crossed my mind.”
Eugene Hunter died July 26. He was 59.
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“The hospital, they called me and they had to break the news to me,” Hunter said.
After his father died, Hunter said, it was even more difficult not being able to see his mother.
When he spoke with her by phone, she told him she would keep fighting to get better and return to their home, he recalled.
But four days later on July 30, Hunter received another call from the hospital. This time to inform him his mother had died. She was 57.
“When they told me I couldn’t come in, to look at or see them, I was torn up,” he said.
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