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RICHMOND, TX - MARCH 3:  Mauricio Marin poses for a portrait at his home in Richmond, TX, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Mauricio Marin thought his worst days were behind him after his month-long stay in a Covid ICU late last year. Doctors sent the 44-year-old home to his wife and kids in Fort Bend County with oxygen tanks, a CPAP machine and strict instructions to avoid cold weather and the flu. But after four days mostly without power, no heat and inadequate oxygen that left him gasping for air, he told his wife, “Honey, at least I’m going to die with you and my kids and not alone at the hospital.’” 

Marin survived the ordeal, only thanks to a neighbor who showed up at the last moment with a backup oxygen tank, but his doctors say days spent shivering in a cold house without supplemental oxygen have vastly set back his already tenuous recovery.

Texans recovering from COVID-19 relied on machines to help them breathe. Then the power went out.

After COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked, the number of Texans dependent on home oxygen equipment was at “an all-time high” when a winter storm overwhelmed the state’s power grid in February, leaving many struggling for air.

Submitted photographs of Mauricio Marin during his stay in recovery for Covid treatment in Houston, TX, provided by the family.
RICHMOND, TX - MARCH 3:  Mauricio Marin's wife, Daysi, helps fasten his CPAP machine as he returns to bed at their home in Richmond, TX, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Mauricio Marin thought his worst days were behind him after his month-long stay in a Covid ICU late last year. Doctors sent the 44-year-old home to his wife and kids in Fort Bend County with oxygen tanks, a CPAP machine and strict instructions to avoid cold weather and the flu. But after four days mostly without power, no heat and inadequate oxygen that left him gasping for air, he told his wife, "Honey, at least I'm going to die with you and my kids and not alone at the hospital.'" 

Marin survived the ordeal, only thanks to a neighbor who showed up at the last moment with a backup oxygen tank, but his doctors say days spent shivering in a cold house without supplemental oxygen have vastly set back his already tenuous recovery.

“Medical Disaster”

“It Happened Again”

RICHMOND, TX - MARCH 3:  Mauricio Marin poses for a portrait at his home in Richmond, TX, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Mauricio Marin thought his worst days were behind him after his month-long stay in a Covid ICU late last year. Doctors sent the 44-year-old home to his wife and kids in Fort Bend County with oxygen tanks, a CPAP machine and strict instructions to avoid cold weather and the flu. But after four days mostly without power, no heat and inadequate oxygen that left him gasping for air, he told his wife, “Honey, at least I’m going to die with you and my kids and not alone at the hospital.’” 

Marin survived the ordeal, only thanks to a neighbor who showed up at the last moment with a backup oxygen tank, but his doctors say days spent shivering in a cold house without supplemental oxygen have vastly set back his already tenuous recovery.

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