CHICO, Calif. - One woman is holding onto hope her father will survive his battle with COVID-19.
At this time there are 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU at Enloe Medical Center.
Ugena Ramirez's dad is one of them.
"The most difficult part is not being able to talk to my dad every day,” Ramirez said.
Her dad, Jose Perez has been fighting for his life after getting the coronavirus three weeks ago.
“He’s really healthy he's all about fitness, he bike rides, walks everywhere, works out a lot. He was overall really healthy,” Ramirez added.
Ugena said her dad isn't vaccinated and most of her family had been hesitant about getting the shot.
“But now that we're living this nightmare my dad is fighting for his life, and my mom could have been in the same situation but thankfully overcame her sickness, to protect everyone around me I’m thinking about getting the vaccine now,” she said.
Ugena and her mom, Claudia will be the first in their family to do so.
“You do not want to be in this situation, it's horrible. We're just missing him and hoping he comes out of this well,” Ramirez said.
The Perez family doesn’t know how long Jose will be here at Enloe Medical Center. He is on a waitlist to get transferred to another hospital where he'll have access to the ECMO machine.
The ECMO machine replaces the function of the heart and lungs and is being used to help some COVID-19 patients whose standard treatments have failed and a mechanical ventilator alone is not enough to safely support their breathing.