Grandma who survived covid-19 delivers 800 handmade tamales to health care workers in LA

  • 03 Sep - 09 Sep, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly
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A California grandmother who recovered from covid-19 thanked the health care workers who treated her with homemade tamales. Margarita Montañez, a grandmother of 12, fell ill with the coronavirus in April and was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she stayed for 20 days, several of which were spent on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. While at the hospital, Montañez promised the doctors and nurses that if she survived she would bring them handmade tamales for Christmas. She delivered on her promise later, bringing 800 tamales that she made over the course of five days. "People may not remember her but she remembers the medical staff every single day because of what they did to save her life and the lives of literally thousands of people. So they are the heroes and they deserve the best tamales in the world which are my mom’s tamales," Montañez's daughter, Cindy said. "I appreciate the doctors, the nurse, they helped me. I was in the ICU for four days and I really appreciate it that’s why I did it," said Montañez.