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4YO Boy Lost Both Parents To COVID-19 & Has To Turn 5 Alone | Family Asks Community To Help Celebrate His Birthday

4YO Boy Lost Both Parents To COVID-19 & Has To Turn 5 Alone | Family Asks Community To Help Celebrate His Birthday

The little boy now has very little moments with his parents that he will have to recollect and cherish for his entire lifetime.

Raiden Gonzalez is only four-years-old, but he's already lost both his parents to the deadly Coronavirus. According to CNN, his parents died four months apart, which leaves little Raiden with only a few memories of his parents that he's got to cherish for a lifetime. The thing is, on Sunday, November 22nd, Raiden is going to turn five, and Margie Bryant (Raiden's great-aunt) and her family want to do something special for his birthday. They want to make sure Raiden knows just how much he's loved and cherished, especially at a grief-filled time like this.

 



 

 

 



 

 

Bryant, who lives in Houston, has made big plans for Raiden's birthday party. She has organized a "wave and roar" dinosaur-themed drive-by parade for November 28, in which a local fire department, a Batman entertainer, monster truck clubs, motorcycle clubs, and classic car clubs are all set to participate. "It's a milestone birthday," Bryant said. "We just want him (Raiden) to know that we're going to be there for all of his birthdays and make sure he's celebrated, and I know my niece has the cheesiest grin because she knows her boy is in good hands."



 

 

 



 

 

Raiden lives in San Antonio. It is understood that his maternal grandmother, Rozie Salinas, has taken him in. All Bryant wishes for is that Raiden remains happy, and for others to take the Coronavirus threat seriously. "I can't say it enough ... I know what it (Coronavirus) has done to us, and I know the hurt that we feel, the void that it has left in our hearts, this little boy who doesn't have his mom and dad now," she said. "You hear about the deaths, but you don't ever really hear about the people left behind, and in this instance, it's a 4-year-old."

 



 

 

 



 

 

On May 12 this year, Raiden's father, Adan Gonzalez Jr., 33 started a new job as a cement truck driver. Soon after, his trainer tested positive for the virus, and days later, Adan began experiencing allergy-like symptoms, according to what he described to his family. On June 3rd, Adan tested positive for COVID-19, and six days later, paramedics took him to the ICU, where he spent a little over two weeks before passing away on June 26. Raiden's mother, Mariah Gonzalez, 29, broke the devastating news to the little boy about his father's passing. However, the little boy understood that his father had been unwell.

 

 



 

 



 

 

Both parents had been taking necessary precautions and wore masks all the time. After losing her husband, Mariah was battling with depression, but her physical health was fine. On Monday, October 5, Mariah spent the day shopping with her mother and even went out for dinner, in what usually constitutes a normal day. However, in the evening, Mariah started experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains, so Bryant advised Salinas to call the paramedics. "They came, did an EKG, did some other stuff, and they took her away and we never saw her again," Bryant said. "She passed at 8:14 on Tuesday morning."

 



 

 

 



 

 

When she was taken to the hospital, the staff there ran a COVID-19 test. The first one came out negative but the second came back positive. However, within four hours of its result, Mariah had died of COVID-19 pneumonia and acute respiratory failure, Bryant said. "Raiden will tell you, 'COVID took my dad,'" Bryant said. "And it's sad to hear him say that, but he says, 'My dad is an angel in the sky, he's in the clouds,' and that is how he has recorded it in his mind whenever people ask him." Bryant and her partner drove to San Antonio to tell Raiden he'd lost his mom, too. "He's so smart. He has the most contagious laughter. It broke my heart to be the one to deliver this news to him about his mother, Mariah," she said.

 



 

 

"I told him, 'The reason you haven't seen Mommy in the past couple of days is because Mommy got real sick, and Mommy is an angel in the sky now, too,' and he was just inconsolable," Bryant said. "He says to me, 'I want to be an angel in the clouds with my Mommy and Daddy.' But I said, 'No, we don't even want to talk about that but know that they are everywhere, they are watching you.'" The family plans on holding a funeral service for Adan and Mariah after the holidays. For now, they have set up a GoFundMe to help with the expenses of the funeral and to help Salinas as she is Raiden's official guardian.