Roberta Tately, 81, was in a rehabilitation center — recovering from pneumonia — when she tested positive for the coronavirus.
"About three days after, she passed while the nurse was holding her hand," 16-year-old Francesca Onorato — Tately's granddaughter — told BuzzFeed.
Before Tately died, her family had one last phone call with her. "We couldn't go visit my grandma because we couldn't risk getting the virus, so we decided to just call," Onorato said. "During the call, my grandma was under morphine, so she couldn't talk back to us. We knew she could hear us in her heart." Here's part of that call on Onorato's TikTok:
"You're the best mommy in the whole world. Always the best mama," Linda Tately — Francesca's mom and Roberta's daughter — said in the video.