Teacher becomes newborn’s temporary guardian after student’s family tests positive for COVID-19

It is often said that teachers are God’s gifts to children, who are like our second parents. Indeed, children spend a lot of time with their teachers, who teach them almost everything they need to know at their age, and sometimes, some teachers even go above and beyond not just for their students, but for the entire family.

If you thought teachers were giving and loving, this story will help you cultivate an even bigger respect for these every day heroes. Luciana Lira is a teacher in Connecticut who loves her job and her students. On April 4, she received a frantic call from Zully, the mother of one of her students, Junior.

Posted by Luciana Machado Lira on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Zully was in the hospital, about to give birth, but she had tested positive for coronavirus. Her husband, Marvin, also shared his concerns that he and their son Junior also had the virus. Since the family was from Guatemala and seeking asylum, they did not have anyone else to turn to in the country.

Zully asked Luciana if she would take care of their newborn while the family recovered, and the teacher accepted without any hesitation. After Zully gave birth via C-section, Luciana became a temporary guardian and took the baby home, caring for him, all while taking classes remotely.

Posted by Luciana Machado Lira on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Shortly after giving birth, Zully became very ill and was placed on a ventilator. Fortunately, her condition improved and she even saw her baby for the first time via a Zoom video call. Zully has been discharged but the baby will continue to remain in Luciana’s care till the family tests negative for coronavirus.

Posted by Luciana Machado Lira on Thursday, April 16, 2020

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