For more than a decade, Ashley Gomez worked as a nurse and enjoyed helping others.
The 30-year-old mother of six worked in a congregate setting in Los Angeles, California most recently, Today reported.
As Gomez began to develop COVID-19 symptoms, she waited to go to the hospital because she wanted to make sure first that those who were seriously ill received the help they needed before she did.
“She just cared about others. She waited to go to the hospital herself. She’s like, ‘Mom, there could be a bed for someone who needs it more than me,’” her mom, Veronica Gornick, said. “But she was getting so bad with her breathing, oh my gosh. By the fifth day, I convinced her to go.”
Gomez, who was 37 weeks pregnant, went to the hospital on December 18. Shortly after, the mother gave birth to baby Corey via emergency cesarean section.
Gomez was able to look at her son, but doctors quickly took him away. He did not develop COVID-19.
While she began to feel better after delivery, her breathing worsened, and she had to be put on a ventilator.
Unfortunately, after two weeks, she passed away.
“It’s devastating,” Gornick said. “It’s just unbelievable. What a wonderful person she was from the inside out.”
While others in her family tested positive for the coronavirus as well, Gomez is the only one who experienced bad symptoms.
“She was texting, ‘I’m doing better. I feel so much better,’” Gornick said. “I was like, ‘Oh thank God.’ I said, ‘Just take it easy.’”
Gomez loved being a mother to her five boys, Ryan, 11, Jacob, 9, Zachary, 8, Maverick, 2, and Jordan, 1.
The family set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for her sons.