Infant Daughter of Firefighter Dies of Coronavirus

April 23, 2020
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The infant daughter of an FDNY firefighter has died of coronavirus, the FDNY Hispanic Society announced on Thursday.

Jay-Natalie La Santa, the daughter of firefighter Jerel La Santa and Lindsey Velasquez, died Monday morning. She was just days away from turning 5-months-old. She was reportedly hospitalized at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in The Bronx

"One of the worst experiences as a parent is to go through the loss of a child," FDNY Hispanic Society president Jose Prosper wrote on Instagram. "It is with extreme sorrow to announce the passing of Jay-Natalie La Santa."

He also provided the link to a GoFundMe page to help the family with medical expenses. As of late Thursday afternoon, about $34,000 had been raised so far.

The FDNY said in a statement, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the La Santa family during this tragic time."

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