Seven children in Detroit, aged 10 to 23, have been orphaned after their parents died of COVID-19 on Labor Day weekend.
Charletta and Troy Green, both 44, spent their 22nd wedding anniversary in separate ICUs, thousands of miles apart after they caught the virus last month.
On September 5, Charletta, who was hooked up to a ventilator in Florida, lost her battle with the disease and died. Just eight hours later, in a hospital in Michigan, Troy died of a heart attack.
Neither were vaccinated.
Their niece Asha Dumas said the entire family had planned to get vaccinated together but ‘honestly just ran out of time.’
‘We all got vaccinated shortly after their diagnosis [on August 13],’ she told MailOnline.
The couple’s seven children- 10-year-old Troy Jr., 11-year-old Tori, 15-year-old Tayla, 17-year-old Tamaya, 19-year-old Trinity, 21-year-old Tatianna and 23-year-old Tylisa – have now been left to raise themselves in the family home.
The entire Green family had planned to get vaccinated together, said their niece Asha Dumas, but ‘honestly just ran out of time.’ Charletta (center right) and Troy Green (center left) were admitted to hospitals on August 13 and died of COVID-related complications on September 6 within hours of one another
The couple met when they were both 14 years old, Dumas said. Charletta was dialing down a list of phone numbers in the yellow pages, making crank calls. She called Troy’s mother’s house, and the two had an instant rapport. They died within 8 hours of each other on September 6 from COVID-19 complications
The Green children, aged 10, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23, are now living without their parents in their parents’ home, left to pick up the pieces. The family never anticipated that Charletta and Troy’s story would end so suddenly
‘We’re just telling them that we are here, we love them and we’re going to support them as much as we can,’ Troy’s sister, Tiki Green, told FOX 2. ‘And we’re just trying to get help for them – because these kids they didn’t ask for this, they didn’t expect this.’
Troy began to feel ill in mid-August, and stayed home when Charletta and her children went on a family trip to Florida. Two days later, Charletta was hospitalized.
Back in Detroit, Troy was taken to Sinai Grace Hospital on August 13. Two days later, on the day of their wedding anniversary, both were taken to the ICU units of their respective facilities.
Five of the children returned to Detroit to be with their father, Dumas said, while two stayed back in Florida with their mother.
Troy’s conditioned worsened, his family said, when he got word of Charletta’s health was rapidly failing.
‘When [Troy] realized that his wife, you know, maybe not getting better, after he hears she’s on a ventilator and she’s on it 100 percent constantly, he… couldn’t take that. He just started having chest pains and eventually a couple of hours later he passed,’ sister Tiki Green said
Along with a double funeral, Dumas told MailOnline, proceeds from the family’s the GoFundMe initiative will cover the seven children’s’ rental costs, food and school clothing through the holidays
‘Her lungs were severely damaged and… they just couldn’t do any more for her,’ Green said.
‘When he realized that his wife, you know, maybe not getting better, after he hears she’s on a ventilator and she’s on it 100 percent constantly, he… couldn’t take that. He just started having chest pains and eventually a couple of hours later he passed.’
On September 6, eight hours after Charletta died, Troy succumbed to a fatal heart attack.
‘We just always knew they were coming home,’ Green said. ‘So for neither of them to come home, words can’t explain how we feel right now.’
‘Y’all have no idea how much pain I felt telling my Auntie I love her so much and I got this! Watching her take her last breaths,’ wrote Dumas in a heartrending Facebook post on September 8.
‘I grew up surrounded in love from [my Uncle]! I don’t know… how I stood there and help break this news to my cousins or my Mama, my soul is HURTING.’
The couple had grown up together after meeting when they were 14.
Charletta had been dialing down a list of phone numbers in the yellow pages, making crank calls. She called Troy’s mother’s house, and the two had an instant rapport.
Now, Green is urging others not to put off their COVID vaccinations.
‘I know it doesn’t prevent you from contracting it in general, but I feel like you’ll have a fighting chance at least,’ she told FOX 2.
‘So I’m like stressing to everybody in my family, (they have to) be vaccinated because I can’t do this again. Covid is taking too many people.’
Along with a double funeral, Dumas told MailOnline, proceeds from the family’s the GoFundMe initiative will cover the seven children’s’ rental costs, food and school clothing through the holidays. Thus far, $3,390 of a $15,000 goal has been raised.