Sisters team up to raise toddlers their late mother adopted before dying of COVID-19

U.S. & World

NEWARK, N.J. — Two adult sisters in New Jersey had been hoping over the years to have children, though the timing hadn’t yet worked out.

In May, their mother died from COVID-19, and now they’re teaming up to raise a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl adopted by their mom when she was in her late 40s.

“We lost our mother and her husband to COVID-19, but we gained two little angels,” said Katherine Guzman, who is now carrying for the children with sister Jennifer Guzman. “We want to continue to raise them together, as a team.”

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  • Virus Outbreak One Good Thing Family Ties

Four years ago, with the children she had raised as a single mom all in their 20s, Lunisol Guzman decided to become foster mother to a baby boy, Zavion. She adopted him two years later. And after his birth mother had another child, Guzman adopted that baby girl – Jazzmyn – as well.

Katherine Guzman recalled when their mother said she was experiencing shortness of breath they were surprised because they didn’t know she was feeling so poorly.

“March 27th my mom’s in the hospital, March 31st she goes into cardiac arrest,” Katherine Guzman said.

The sisters are now determined to keep their mother alive in her adoptive children’s memory.

“So it’s a blessing and a curse because we lost our mom, but a blessing overall,” Guzman added. “Life keeps going and we want to continue our mother’s work  I think that’s the most important thing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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