A grief-stricken father has said that his daughter’s weight was to blame for her death from coronavirus.
24-year-old Silvia Melendez Jr, who weighed 21 stone, died of the deadly disease in March after being rushed to a hospital in Utah, USA.
Tragic Silvia Jr had a BMI of 60, double the number considered obese and well over 40 considered morbidly obese.
She also suffered from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, which meant she had surgery two years ago.
Her father, Marcus told USA Today, “That virus affects the weakest in your body, especially if you’re overweight.
“The coronavirus caused great damage to her lungs and then the virus went to her heart.
“She responded well with oxygen and then the virus started attacking her heart.”
After doctors moved Silvia Jr, she struggled to breathe after a few minutes and was unable to recover.
Her mother, Silvia Sr, was also infected with Covid-19 but managed to overcome the disease.
After their daughter’s tragic death, Marcus and Silvia went on a diet to avoid being hit by begging.
Their decision was made after it became clear that morbid obesity, overweight, and people with underlying health problems are more at risk of dying from coronavirus.
Now they want to remember their daughter for the precious member of their family she was.
Marcus said, “I have no words to say how beautiful and kind to the family she was.”
The deadly coronavirus has killed more than 96,000 Americans and infected more than 1.6 million to date.