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Mother and daughter, both nurses infected with COVID-19, get warm welcome home

A mother and daughter both beat COVID-19 just in time for Mother's Day.

News 12 Staff

May 9, 2020, 4:27 PM

Updated 1,529 days ago

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Car horns and cheers were heard in Garden City Park on Saturday afternoon -- sounding off for Luz and Katie Naranjo, a mother and daughter who are both nurses that contracted and are recovering from COVID-19.
Katie says she spread the virus to her mother, father, brother and sister. Her mother Luz had to go to the hospital and was on a ventilator for 10 days.
"At that point we were devastated. Sad to say we thought the worst," says Katie.
But the 61-year-old is home now and recovering. Her fellow nurses from Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital were in their cars cheering, as well as employees from other departments, who wanted to come and show their support for the family.
"She's my coworker and one of my best friends, and we need her back, and we couldn't get here fast enough,” says Christine Moran.
Luz says he was surprised by the outpouring of support.
“This is the best Mother's Day gift. All my friends and families are here," she told News 12.
The five members of the Naranjo family are expected to recover from COVID-19.
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