ROUND ROCK, Texas – It’s been more than 315 days since Armando Gamez was home since he was hit by COVID-19 in December.
“He has been in the hospital since January 8,” said daughter Christina Diaz.
He is currently on a ventilator and a feeding tube. For the past 11 months, his family has watched and waited. Most of them still can’t access his room.
“My granddaughter, he only saw her through the window,” said daughter Rachel Herrera.
They thought he would be released in September, but instead it remained a rollercoaster of improvements and then a relapse.
It’s been more than 315 days since Armando Gamez was home since he was hit by COVID-19 in December.
At times the family has visited with the intention of saying goodbye. However, hearing their voices brought about a noticeable change that doctors couldn’t believe.
“Just seeing him and his turn around to see us. It’s like seeing a miracle in front of you, everything just turned around,” Herrera said.
The day after Thanksgiving would finally be his homecoming, but again, his wife, Margarita, spent the morning in the hospital before their family meal.
“She’s with him every day,” Herrera said.
However, they feel that he is improving. Now sisters Christina and Rachel are receiving medical training so that they can eventually care for him at their home.
“He’s got all these machines that he’s going to come home with, so we’re learning how to use all these machines,” Diaz said. “It will just take a lot of patience and a lot of care.”
It also means spending thousands of dollars on equipment and other medical expenses. They also updated parts of the house to make it more comfortable and added a wheelchair ramp.
The goal is to fulfill Gamez’s wish to come home and be surrounded by the family that has been there the whole time – even though they are sometimes separated by glass.
“Hopefully we’ll have him home before Christmas,” Diaz said.
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