A Lauderhill family is in mourning after dropping two children to the new coronavirus just a few days apart.
Over the course of 11 days, both Byron and Mychaela Francis fought the virus before tragically departing.
“Planning two funerals is very difficult,” said Montete Hicks, mother of Byron and Mychaela.
On June 27thth, Hicks says her 20-year-old son, Byron, had trouble breathing.
“I came to check on him. He sat in the living room on the floor and sat up. He was sleeping, but he was breathing very badly, ”Hicks said.
Byron was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
A week later, while mourning the loss of Byron, Mychaela went to the hospital after she started having headaches and fever.
“When the days passed while she was [at the hospital], everything just broke down in her body, “Hicks said.
Mychaela needed oxygen, her blood pressure dropped and she eventually lost a kidney.
She passed away last Wednesday.
Both Byron and Mychaela deaths are part of a larger new trend in Florida ̵
On Thursday, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that an 11-year-old girl had died of coronavirus – the state’s youngest death.
Data showed that the child had other medical conditions such as heart disease, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and asthma.
Byron and Mychaela also had underlying health conditions.
Montete says she has four other children that she hopes can protect against the virus. She wants everyone to be safe.
“Wear masks. Be careful. Be safe out there. Take it seriously, “Hicks said.