A 12-year-old grandmother contracted COVID-19 in April and spent 20 days in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center hospital in Los Angeles. KTLA reports that Margarita Montañez was unable to see her family during this time, which was spent almost two weeks on a ventilator. On Thursday, Montañez tried to give something back to the many medical workers because she said they “appreciate the doctors and nurses who have helped me.” It took her five days, but the 73-year-old San Fernando Valley resident made 800 tamales and took them to the staff.
Cedars-Sinai nurse David Karther said the staff were “so grateful” for the tamales, adding that “they couldn’t have come at a better time”. Margarita’s daughter Cindy helped deliver the tamales and spoke to KLTA about how scary it was to leave her mother in the emergency room with nurses in April. “I didn’t know if I would ever see my mother again. But thanks to the Cedars-Sinai medical team, my mother is here today and we are forever grateful. ”
Cindy continued, “People may not remember her, but she remembers the medical staff every day because they saved their lives and the lives of literally thousands of people. So you are the heroes and deserve the best tamales in the world, my mother’s tamales. “