Elizabeth Fusco was still grieving her oldest sister’s death when she got another call this week. Her oldest brother had died, too.
While she was on the phone with the hospital Wednesday, she heard her mother coding in the background and the doctors’ frantic activity to save her, she told CNN. Her mother did not make it.
A day later, on Thursday, another brother died, leaving the shocked New Jersey family mourning the loss of a mother and two brothers within a week and a sister who died six days prior – all victims of the coronavirus that has killed 195 people in the US.
Her mother and the family matriarch, Grace Fusco, 73, of Freehold, New Jersey, died Wednesday this week after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Her brother, Carmine Fusco, had died just before their mother on the same day, according to The New York Times. A day later, on Thursday, another brother, Vincent Fusco Jr., died, a family member said.
Her oldest sister, Rita Fusco-Jackson, had died on March 13, The Times reported. All the children were in their 50s and it’s unclear whether they had underlying health issues.
“It’s absolutely surreal,” Elizabeth Fusco told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night. “T