A couple who died just weeks apart after contracting coronavirus has left behind 13 devastated children.
Thirteen children have been tragically orphaned after their parents sadly died just a week apart from coronavirus.
The Sun reports that Vladimir Rodikov and Diana Rodikova were parents to five of their own and eight foster children in Lipovy Skitok, Ukraine.
The couple was hospitalized at the Vasilkovsky central district hospital after suffering severe COVID complications in March.
The father of the extended family died on March 20, while his wife struggled to cling on in a critical condition before she was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Alexander Hospital in Kyiv.
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The loving mother died just a week later, on March 29, while their devastated children were put in the care of the Kyiv Regional Children’s Hospital.
They have since been relocated to the ‘Sezenkov’, the Kyiv regional center for children.
Only a month and a half before her passing, Diana was awarded ‘Mother Heroine’, an honorary title given by the President of Ukraine to women who have given birth and raised five or more children up to eight.
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The couple had moved from the warn-torn district of Donetsk to the Kyiv region in 2014, hoping to start a new life in an orphanage in the village of Lipovy Skitok.
The Rodikovs’ deaths have rocked the family with just two of their children at adult age.
Family friend Olga Onishchenko explained that the eldest daughter looks to continue in her parent’s footsteps and has decided, along with her husband, to take custody of the orphaned adolescents, according to news site Novosti Donbassa.
The Kyiv Regional State Administration is currently considering her request to take custody of the children.
Ukraine has seen a dramatic spike in Covid cases across the country, with 1,652,409 infections and deaths soaring past 32,000.
The country is currently under a state of emergency due to the pandemic that is in place until at least April 30.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.