Tony Green hosted the family gathering together with his partner in mid-June and it wasn’t expected it would pose any danger at the time, KDFW reported.
The 43-year-old from Dallas started to show symptoms from the contagious respiratory virus after the event, and within weeks, 14 members of the family tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
Green’s father-in-law Rafael Ceja has been on life support for weeks after he and Green were both admitted to the hospital on the same day, the family told KDFW. Ceja’s 68-year-old mother was also hospitalized a short time later and has since died from the virus.
“The pain and trauma that was yet to come is more than anybody could have prepared for,” Green wrote on a GoFundMe page that was set up to cover medical costs for his father-in-law.
However, the page has since been removed and each donor has been refunded after a family member was “displeased” about the fundraiser and refused to accept the money.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret but I must inform each contributor that I am compelled to end this fundraiser and refund each donor,” Green wrote. “Unfortunately, [there are] others—within the family—that are displeased with my attempts to provide additional love, support, prayers and financial contributions in their time of need,” he continued. The fundraising page had generated over $7,500.
Ceja developed pneumonia on July 12 and has been on life support since, according to the page. The latest update on his health was on July 26, when he was reportedly in stable condition, but there has been “a delay in healing.”
Green explained that nobody was wearing a mask at the event because they felt the most serious part of the pandemic had already passed. He told KDFW the decision to organize the party is something he deeply regrets.
“I feel like I’m the host,” Green told the outlet. “And even though we don’t know who had or what, it spread because I had this idea to get together. I’m having a difficult time with that.”
Most of the family members that were infected with the CCP virus have since recovered or are in the process of recovering, Green said.
Texas has seen a surge in virus cases in recent weeks and Hidalgo County issued a new stay-at-home order that went into effect on July 22 as a recommendation, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, a Democrat, signed a new mandate last week that ordered residents to shelter at home. It says that no law enforcement or other official “may detain, arrest, or confine in jail any person for a violation of this order.”
“This order has no enforcement mechanism, which makes it simply a recommendation for those to stay home if they can, which Governor Abbott supports,” a spokesman for the Republican said in a statement.
The mandate is one of the strictest imposed anywhere in the nation during the pandemic, including a nightly curfew for everyone 18 or older and the requirement that children 17 or younger be accompanied by an adult when leaving their home.
Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.