A 42-year-old mother of six, raising her children alone in Washington state after their father died in 2012, died after contracting the coronavirus.
Sundee Rutter’s son Elijah Ross-Rutter, 20, said they were allowed behind a glass window outside her hospital room. They said final goodbyes via a walkie-talkie.
“It’s a moment that nobody really ever wants to be in. I told her I loved her. I told her everything is going to be all right with the kids," he said. "Us older siblings, we're going to make sure everything’s OK with them and that they're going to grow up to be some adults that my mom would want them to be."
She survived stage 3 breast cancer and was declared cancer-free in January and after undergoing surgery and radiation.
“We were just starting to, you know, feel whole again ... After this happened, it was just tragic,” Ross-Rutter told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
Ross-Rutter said his 24-year-old sibling will take custody over their other siblings, and they plan to stay together as a family. There is a GoFundMe set up to help support them.