Charles Torres filmed a tear-jerking goodbye video for his children from hospital on realizing Covid was going to kill him (Pictures: Fox)
A 35 year-old dad filmed an emotional goodbye video for his kids after realizing that Covid was going to kill him. Speaking through gasps while hooked up to oxygen last month, Charles Torres said: ‘I love you with all my heart. I love you so much. Know that daddy loves you.’
Charles, from Manvel in Texas, recorded the clip in early February. The volunteer firefighter died of Covid on Valentine’s Day. The dedicated dad then said the names of each of his three children and four children, reminded them that he loved them – and asked them to look after their mom.
Charles’ dad Alex said afterwards: ‘One of the things that he did that was most important was that he loved his children and took care of his children. You never think it’s going to happen to you. I’ve been praying to God my entire life that I never outlive my children.’
Charles, who also held a senior role at the US government Federal Emergency Management Agency, had suffered pancreatitis for over a decade. He came down with a fever in mid-January, and went to his local emergency room thinking it was linked to his pancreatitis, according to Fox.
But doctors diagnosed Charles, a devout Catholic, with Covid. He ended up on a ventilator, and never recovered from the virus.
Alex shared Charles’ story as Texas Governor Gregg Abbott lifted all restrictions in the Lone Star State.
Residents no longer have to wear masks in public, and businesses can operate at 100% capacity if they wish.
More than two million Texans have received their Covid vaccine, although government health experts fear the loosening of restrictions could trigger a surge in cases.
President Joe Biden branded an end to restrictions in Texas and Mississippi as ‘Neanderthal.’
The US has so-far recorded 28.7 million Covid cases, and more than 518,000 deaths.
More than 80.5 million Covid vaccines have been administered, with 2.01 million doses being given out on an average day.
President Biden says he expects every adult in the US to have been offered a vaccine by the end of May.
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