WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Sara Montoya posted a video on social media warning others about the pandemic from her hospital bed.
- The patient tested positive for coronavirus disease, needed intubation, and put on a ventilator.
- She died from the disease on August 13.
Sara Montoya posted a video on social media, urging others to be on guard about the ongoing pandemic. Her condition deteriorated after posting the video, recorded from her hospital bed, with breathing problems. She died from the disease on August 13.
“Put your masks on. Don’t go out if you don’t have to,” she said in the video.
The patient resided in El Paso, Texas. She described her routine from before the diagnosis, including strict compliance to public health guidelines. She warned other about the pandemic, says she took precautions and limited her time outdoors to essential activities. Still, her husband, her father-in-law, and she tested positive for the disease.
She first developed a “simple sinus infection,” which the hospital considered unrelated to the disease. Instead, she went to coronavirus disease testing laboratories. She then experienced “unbearable fevers,” while waiting for her test results.
From there, she decided on hospital admission. The patient needed intubation and put on a ventilator because her condition worsened. During this time, she recorded the video posted on social media.
“Never in my life did I ever think that I would be fighting for my breath, something that we take for granted every day when we wake up,” she said. “Please do not put your families at risk. I did the best that I thought I could. It is not worth it. Put your masks on. Don’t go out if you don’t have to.”
The patient’s condition improved but depreciated again from bacterial infection: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in her lungs. She died on August 13.
“We were able to Zoom her. It was one of the hardest things to see my mother with all these tubes coming from her mouth and chest,” her daughter said. “There were times her face was so swollen her eyes were tightly shut.”
The patient had three daughters and a grandson on the way.
“She was so young,” her daughter said. “She had a long life ahead of her to live. She had her first grandson on the way in November.”
Her daughter arranged for online fundraising activities to help with the funeral costs and medical bills. She again urged people to take the virus more seriously.
“People should take this virus seriously and continue to stay home if they can,” Chavez said. “I tried to be my mom’s voice as best as I could to do everything in my power to get her home.”