UNIVERSITY PARK, In poor health. (CBS) — A 39-year-old instructor at Crete-Monee Center Faculty within the south suburbs has died two months after contracting COVID-19.
For weeks, Cherie Garza’s household had been sharing her battle towards COVID on-line with buddies and strangers alike, as they prayed for a miracle.
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However as CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Tuesday night time, Garza’s battle has led to heartbreak.
Garza by no means even received a change to return to courses this fall.
In a GoFundMe, buddies stated Cherie Garza had been a wholesome 39-year-old spouse, sister, daughter, and pal, and “the epitome of a wonderful educator.”
“Everybody would wish to have a ‘Cherie’ as their instructor because of her humor, life tales, and fervour for studying,” buddies stated on the GoFundMe. “All through her mission travels in numerous international locations world wide, she exemplified a servant-like method in embracing and serving others. Cherie’s skill to strike up a dialog with anybody and share the love of Christ is really a testomony of her Christian stroll.”
However in mid-July, Garza examined constructive for COVID-19, and she or he was rushed to Franciscan Well being Munster in Munster, Indiana the place she needed to go to the ICU. She had COVID pneumonia and really low blood oxygen ranges, household stated.
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4 days later, Garza was airlifted to Loyola College Medical Middle as a result of she wanted extra superior care. She was later positioned on a ventilator and an ECMO machine.
Garza fought to breathe, and at one level got here out of an induced coma.
Studies present the instructor had deliberate to get vaccinated earlier than returning to Crete-Monee Center Faculty, however she by no means received an opportunity to stroll again into the constructing and greet the younger college students she impacted through the years.
On Tuesday night time, the district confirmed her dying. In an announcement, faculty district Supt. Dr. Kara Coglianese wrote:
“The Crete-Monee Faculty District 201-U household is deeply saddened to be taught of the passing of certainly one of our personal. Our college students and workers at Crete-Monee Center Faculty will miss her motivational speeches, volunteerism, love of studying, cooking, all issues musical theater, and her timeless devotion to her beloved Chicago Cubs. Ms. Garza was an excellent instructor, colleague, and pal to so many and she or he can be dearly missed.”
The GoFundMe, arrange earlier than Garza died, requested assist with medical payments.
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Shut family and friends wrote many becoming tributes to Garza on-line, however they didn’t speak publicly Tuesday night time.