Benjamin is 10 years old and he is one of the thousands of boys in the country who, since the vaccination for minors between 3 and 11 years old was enabled, did not hesitate to ask to be recorded. When the big day arrived, he carried a poster that moved the entire Firmat hospital in Santa Fe.
“Dad, I get vaccinated for you. I miss you so much, always in my heart. Benja ”, said his message written in black marker along with his father’s name: Mauro Baigorria Silva and a photo of them hugging each other smiling at the camera.
Benja’s father was Subcommander Mauro Baigorria Silva, head of the active volunteer fire department of the city of Firmat, who in June of this year died of coronavirus before receiving his vaccine. “His father is taking care of him and he would be very proud of him with this gesture,” revealed Laura Latini, Benjamin’s mother, in dialogue with Clarín.
“On June 27 of this year, my husband and Benja’s father died from the aftermath of the Covid, he was hospitalized for 33 days in intensive care. When I found out that I could sign up Benja for the vaccine, we didn’t even hesitate. He wanted to get vaccinated yes or yes and when the day came he asked me: what if we do something to Dad? What he wrote came from his heart, it was all his, I only gave him the photo that was with his father, “said Laura.
“He wanted to take a photo and asked me to upload it to social networks, I uploaded it as a recognition for his father and for him to feel proud of us, from wherever he is,” Benja’s mother said.
Laura’s emotion was indisputable. It is that the tears welled up instantly when she saw her son getting vaccinated: “The nurses at the hospital were very kind. He came in with his little sign and many people looked at him, it was very nice. I cried because for me the vaccine has another meaning, I am fortunately vaccinated, but Mauro did not have his vaccinations and after 10 days he was hospitalized it was his turn for his first dose “.
Regarding the departure of her husband, Laura hopes to “get used to his absence”, although she acknowledged: “It was a very big blow. His 33 days in therapy were very hard for us. He had faith that he would overcome the disease because he has experienced extreme dangers because of his job, but the disease was stronger than him ”,
In May, the fire department that has the city located in the General López Department suffered an outbreak of Covid-19 that affected several of its members, including Subcommander Baiborria Silva.
“By this means, we want to inform the community that we could not be oblivious to this virus. Unfortunately, personnel from our active body tested positive for coronavirus,” the Firmat firefighters reported on their Facebook page, where they received the support of the community. .
When the news of the death of their boss was known in June, they issued a statement and hundreds of messages of encouragement flooded the publication with words of affection and gratitude to Benjamin’s father.
A caravan of fire trucks and private vehicles went through the city from the barracks to the cemetery to fire their fire chief.
This Tuesday, that emotion multiplied with the gesture of the little one touched the hearts of the people of Firma again.