Christian Cabrera’s family ‘hoped for a miracle’


Christian leaves behind a three-year-old son.

Photo: Jino Cabrera / Courtesy

Christian Cabrera, 40, was a healthy man, but shortly after Christmas he began to have symptoms related to covid-19. His health was deteriorating and in mid-January of this year he had to be hospitalized in Intensive Care with oxygen 24 hours a day to be able to breathe.

Christian was diagnosed with covid pneumonia and both of his lungs are affected, his brother Jino Cabrera explained on his social networks and on a GoFundMe page he created.

After being hospitalized for two weeks, Christian was intubated this Friday as a last resort to keep him alive, Jino wrote.

“We are still praying and hoping for a miracle for Christian to get ahead and return home to his family,” the brother explained.

Christian, who is the father of a 3-year-old boy, was not vaccinated and after falling into the hospital he sent a text message to Jino saying that he regretted not having done so.

“If I had the chance to start over I would do it in a heartbeat to save my life,” Christian told Jino in his message.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) indicated that when comparing unvaccinated residents to fully vaccinated residents without the booster, unvaccinated residents were five times more likely to be hospitalized.

He added that people who have the vaccine and the booster have four times more protection against infection compared to those who are not immunized and are 20 times less likely to be hospitalized compared to those who are not inoculated.


Dr. Ilan Shapiro, medical director of health and wellness education for AltaMed Clinics, said that when a person is intubated their lungs automatically begin to harden. If the person manages to get out of the intubation, it can be improved but not 100% since the lungs do not fully recover.

“There are complications to breathe, to exercise and to do normal activities. It also takes longer for the lungs to heal and there are problems like pneumonia, asthma and other chronic problems.”

Dr. Shapiro explained that intubation involves a tube about two fingers in diameter that must be filled with pressurized air to inflate the lungs.

“They put that down the throat with pressure, aside from the noise and being sedated, and when it’s happening the lung can also explode because it’s already inflamed and affected,” Shapiro said.

To avoid serious situations like this, Dr. Shapiro recommends that the best solution is to get vaccinated. If the unvaccinated person manages to come out of the intubation, it is recommended that he or she be vaccinated 10 days after being infected. Even if you are still in the hospital recovering, you can be vaccinated there.

If the person has been vaccinated, it is recommended that the booster vaccine be given 10 days after infection.

“They are asked to wait a little while not because it is bad but because the body needs to be ready, but if we are very sick this does not work,” explained the doctor.

The DPH reported that 102 new deaths were reported Thursday, the highest daily death toll since March 2021. And for the seven days leading up to Jan. 1, data showed unvaccinated people were 23 times more likely to succumb and die from covid compared to those who were fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, DPH confirmed 43,091 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 65 deaths. Of the total deaths, 33 were over the age of 65 and 44 had pre-existing conditions.

To date, the total number of deaths in Los Angeles County is 28,346.

Bárbara Ferrer, director of the DPH, said that since the beginning of the pandemic it has been seen that while some experience mild illness from covid-19, others face very serious situations.

“USC scientists estimated that if everyone eligible had been vaccinated, over the past 6 weeks there would have been 85% fewer cases with nearly 604,000 COVID-19 cases prevented and 87% fewer hospitalizations with approximately 9,300 hospitalizations prevented. Ferrer said.

He added that those estimates largely align with the data DPH shares weekly about the consequences facing many infected and unvaccinated people.

“The adoption of vaccines on a large scale could change the trajectory of the pandemic with significant reductions in cases and hospitalizations,” Ferrer stressed.

Jino announced on his social networks on Saturday that unfortunately, his brother had lost the battle that same day at night and shared some photos, as well as requesting the support of the community to send off his brother as the great human being that he was.

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