A Florida father and son — who both dedicated their lives as doctors to helping patients — died from coronavirus-related complications within weeks of each other.
Dr. Jorge A. Vallejo, 89, and his middle son, Dr. Carlos Francisco Vallejo, 57, were hospitalized the same day in late June after their family believes the younger physician caught the virus from one of his patients, the Miami Herald reported.
Carlos, who was an internist, cared for dozens of patients on the front lines before he fell sick with the disease.
His family said he lived in Hialeah close to his father, whom he saw often and provided care for, the outlet reported.
The elder Vallejo, who was a retired obstetrician, died six days later after he was admitted to Palmetto General Hospital.
Meanwhile, Carlos succumbed to the virus on Aug. 1 after spending 42 days in the intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.
“We just lost basically both of our anchors of our whole entire family,” Jessica Vallejo, who was Jorge’s grandaughter and Carlos’ niece, told the Herald.
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