Vaccinated San Antonio Mother’s Last Words To Her Daughter: ‘I Can’t Breathe’

A mother from San Antonio, Texas, recently died from COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Her family said that her last words were, “I can’t breathe.”

The woman was identified as 69-year-old Criselda Martinez. Her daughters, Bianca and Cecily, are both devastated and shocked by the death of their mother as it was unexpected. According to the daughters, Criselda started feeling sick at the end of July. Later, she tested positive for COVID-19.

The daughters said that their mother was cautious and was one of the firsts who got their COVID-19 vaccine back in January. She also did not exhibit extreme symptoms as she just had a sore throat and a fever. On the morning of her death, she felt fine, but she told her daughter, Bianca, she could not breathe hours later.

Bianca shared that she called EMS to take her mom to the hospital. She added, “By the time it took me to walk out of the room to call for 911, I come back in, and my mom was out.”

Bianca and her boyfriend then started doing chest compressions, but they could no longer revive her. When paramedics came, they were also unsuccessful in reviving Criselda.


The daughters are especially heartbroken because everything happened so fast. Also, they cannot believe she is gone because she was one of the most helpful people in the community. Criselda reportedly loved giving back by helping at several Bexar County elections.

It is still unclear what caused Criselda’s death as she has underlying health conditions and diabetes. Her daughters are still encouraging everyone to get vaccinated despite what happened to their mother. One of the daughters said, “Everyone was vaccinated. My mom was the only one that got sick. So, do they work? Absolutely.”

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