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Los Angeles woman whose mom died of Covid-19 had to hold the funeral in a parking lot

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Juliana Jimenez Sesma lost her mother to coronavirus. Because so many people are dying from the pandemic in Los Angeles, she had to wait three weeks to hold a funeral -- and it was in a parking lot.

Los Angeles (CNN)Juliana Jimenez Sesma stared down at her mother's casket.

And with funeral homes backed up because of the surge of Covid-19 deaths across Los Angeles, Sesma said she and her brother had to wait three weeks to hold a funeral.

Sesma said she left her job as a real estate agent to live with her mother and stepfather because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019 -- before Covid -- we were seeing 110,000 patients a year," hospital CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor said.

Now, with coronavirus, there are even more patients everywhere, she said.

"We have had the misfortune of seeing this disease run through families and, and all too frequently take multiple members of a single family," Dr. Jason Prasso, who treated both Sesma's mother and stepfather, said.

"We lost both my mom and stepdad to coronavirus," Sesma said.

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