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Tucson woman using heart breaking story as inspiration to move forward

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Through the pandemic, thousands of people lost their loved ones to the virus. Those losses have taken a toll on many, but one Tucson daughter said for her, this year has felt like a lifetime.

This past year has been full of unexpected for 22-year-old Cinthya Carolina Jaramillo. She lost her parents, Agustin and Fandilla Jaramillo after contracting COVID-19. She said it left her in a state of shock.

"It was devastating and it's been very bad," Jaramillo said. "It's really hard for me right now."

Her mother died in February and her father died shortly after in May. She told News 4 Tucson the family could not have a funeral for the father because of how the severe the pandemic was.

"I didn't get to grieve his loss," Jaramillo said.

Then, the unexpected didn't stop there. She's now expecting twins. She said the loss of her parents left this soon-to-be mother without her main support system. Weeks after she found out she was pregnant, she contracted COVID-19.

"I started to not being able to taste anything or smell anything, I rushed to the ER because I was very scared," Jaramillo said.

She said it felt like everything in her life was out of her control, leaving her defenseless.

Months later, she has recovered from the virus and is expecting her two daughters to be born in June and is turning 22 on Feb. 23.

She said she is looking back on her difficult year as inspiration for moving forward.

Austin Walker

Austin is a Reporter at KVOA News 4 Tucson. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2020.

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