Couple dies from COVID-19 weeks before marriage – Community News

Couple dies from COVID-19 weeks before marriage

CHICAGO (WLS) – A Chicago couple planned to get their COVID-19 vaccines before their wedding, but before they could do that, the two contracted the virus and died a week apart.

Luis Suarez and Norma Franco, who had been a couple for years, would finally make it official and get married just after Thanksgiving. But COVID-19 had other plans. In lieu of a wedding, family members are now planning a memorial service after both died from the virus last month.

‘She was his soul mate, I’ll be honest with you. I felt how much they loved each other,” said Angel Santos, the couple’s son.

Luis Suarez and Norma Franco, a couple for years, were to get married just after Thanksgiving.
Luis Suarez and Norma Franco, a couple for years, were set to get married shortly after Thanksgiving. Instead, both unvaccinated, they got COVID-19 and died a week apart.(Source: Family Photos, WLS via CNN)

Santos says his parents were not vaccinated but planned to have the shot so they could visit relatives at their wedding. However, it was too late. Both had to deal with COVID-19 and both were hospitalized.

Since Suarez and Franco weren’t married yet, once they got sick, they were separated in the hospital and couldn’t get any information about each other or even communicate with each other.

Both were eventually placed on a ventilator. They died a week apart.

“It feels like a Romeo and Juliet story. It really is because… I feel like they were meant to be this whole time. Right when it’s supposed to happen, something tragic like this is happening,” said stepdaughter Imelda Gambia.

Recently, a joint funeral service was held for Suarez and Franco. She was dressed in her wedding dress and he in a white suit. Both wore the wedding rings they allegedly exchanged.

Family members are now speaking out in hopes that the couple’s story will convince others to get vaccinated.

“They’re all worried about the side effects. Side effects of losing a family member that way, it’s terrible. That’s what will happen if you don’t get vaccinated,” Santos said.

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