After losing their father and grandmother to COVID-19, Hannah Hei Kim, 22, and her brother Joseph, 17, are now mourning the passing of their mother, Eun Jo, who succumbed to lung complications caused by the virus.
A Family Tragedy
The Kim family’s struggles started when their grandmother Sun Soon contracted COVID-19 from a nursing home and their father Timothy got it from one of his acupuncture patients. On April 27, their grandmother was admitted to the hospital, and their father and mother shortly afterward. Hannah and Joseph both also tested positive for COVID-19 and were isolated.
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My whole family is Covid-19 positive. We took this quarantine very seriously. Three weeks ago, my grandma and dad got tested positive – both from completely different places. After that, my brother, mom, and I got it too. Then after that, my grandma passed away. She was so strong. As of today, both of my parents are in the ICU at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dad is sedated, on a ventilator, and mom is also having breathing problems. If you didn’t know, this virus affects your whole body. A month ago, we were a normal family..happy that this quarantine could all give us a little break. Now, it’s just my brother and I at home and I’m dreading it so much. I’m breaking down every single day. I’m so sad. But my only hope is to cling to God every step of the way. Already, He has shown me so much love and grace. I’m missing my parents and my grandma so much. I’m on my knees, praying for my parents’ homecoming. Although I strive to live in the present-tense, I keep thinking of the past. Thinking of what I could’ve protected them from. The house is so eerie without them. My family is the very first CoronaVirus sob story that I know and probably is for you too. So this is my warning. If you’re going to go out, strap up your mouth and put on gloves. This virus is not a joke. People are hurting and dying. Please stop thinking it’s okay to go out just because the government says so. Do the rest of us a favor and please stay home. Hug your family a little tighter tonight. I seriously wish I could. #covid_19 #stayhome #family
On May 21, their father passed away, just days after their grandmother’s death. Eun-Ju was released on May 29 after testing negative for COVID-19. She was starting to get better when her health suddenly deteriorated as her oxygen levels plummeted again.
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Hi everyone! Big update! My mom is finally at USC Keck hospital. She was transferred yesterday morning and is settling in well. For the next few days, she will be evaluated and considered for the lung transplant. Nothing is certain, but the fact that she’s at USC is surreal. UCLA rejected her till the end, but USC was kind enough to welcome her in and they have already been so kind to us. Also, shoutout to the director of LA Care for making our case an exception at USC. Tomorrow she will be getting a tracheostomy, which is an alternative to her ventilator that’s much cleaner and comfortable than an oral ventilator! We are so excited for her. . . I just want to thank you all for so much love and support. My brother and I are so overwhelmed by the hospital business so it’s nice to come home to many warm messages! For the past week, I have been on CBS, ABC, NBC, and the LA Times. Many people have expressed to me that being on the news won’t make a difference, but the very day after I came out on TV, many many calls were made and we’ve made it so fast to USC. We are realizing the POWER of social media and it’s amazing. One thing that didn’t make it on TV was my appreciation for this community. It’s not just the Koreatown community, or the Asian community. EVERYONE is seriously reaching out to us and showing us that they care. We might be separated by this quarantine, but these actions are showing my family that we all can come together and care for one another! . . Throughout this process, I am still praying every day. Although our situation is tragic and repeatedly horrifying to me, Christ has shown my family so many blessings and I truly believe He has a plan for all of us. It’s through Him that this story blew up. My mother may be just starting her journey for a lung transplant, but within A WEEK we’ve made serious progress. Thank you for sharing and thank you for caring. I will be updating again very soon. Hopefully with some more good news! Till then, Fight On ✌️ #keckmedicineofusc #usckeck #covid19
As NextShark previously reported, Eun Jo was considered for a lung transplant and moved to Keck Medical Center of USC. However, the doctors decided against the operation.
“After initial evaluations, doctors told us that my mom unfortunately wouldn’t make it out alive if she were to get the surgery,” she recently wrote on her Instagram account. “Her lungs were hardening because of tissue damage from COVID-19 even though she was declared negative a month ago.”
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Hello everybody. First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has shown my family so much love and support these past three months. It has truly been a traumatic time in our lives as it has been for many others. Many people have been asking for an update about my mother. A few weeks ago, she was admitted to USC Keck Hospital as a potential lung transplant candidate. After initial evaluations, doctors told us that my mom unfortunately wouldn’t make it out alive if she were to get the surgery. Her lungs were hardening because of tissue damage from COVID-19 even though she was declared negative a month ago. On July 14th, my mother passed away. The ventilator was her life support and her body couldn’t keep up. It seriously pains me to write this update, especially because so many of you have been rooting for her. I ask that everyone please grant me some time and space to process and take care of family matters. Thank you all again for your sweet messages and support. To see any previous updates, please refer to my family’s GoFundMe page. Link in bio.
Hannah then announced her mother’s death. She was 60 years old.
“On July 14th, my mother passed away. The ventilator was her life support and her body couldn’t keep up. It seriously pains me to write this update, especially because so many of you have been rooting for her.”
While dealing with the heavy losses, the siblings are also facing eviction from their new landlord, who plans to demolish their building.
Hannah’s latest Instagram post garnered outpouring support and messages of condolences. She thanked everyone for their sweet messages and asked for time and space to take care of their family matters.
Feature Image via @hannahkim38