Family Uses App to Spend Final Moments With Grandmother Who Died of Coronavirus

April 7, 2020

A family in Kentucky used a video app to say final goodbyes to their grandmother who passed away from coronavirus.

Keiko Neutz, who lived in Louisville, Kentucky, was hospitalized with coronavirus on March 25, reported Good Morning America.

The 87-year-old had to be isolated, so Lacy Taylor, one of her 28 grandchildren, made sure that her grandmother would be surrounded by family members.

Taylor told GMA that on the day that Keiko died, all eight of her children and 28 grandchildren all talked to her virtually.

"She was not alone, virtually, not for one moment," Taylor said.

Taylor had an old laptop and installed the app Houseparty, where everyone had the opportunity to speak to Neutz. She said she chose that specific app because it allows face-to-face connections between multiple people. It also doesn't require a person to physically answer a call.

The family was glad they had a way to check up on their grandmother.

The call was the last time the Neutz family saw their grandmother. Keiko died on March 30.

"My most favorite thing about her...was her faith in the Lord and the way she taught all of us about that," Taylor said.

Taylor and her sister Jenna Forbes created a foundation called the Keiko Neutz Amazing Grace Foundation.

Through the foundation, the sisters have collected 17 tablets, which they plan to give away in order to help other families stay connected to their loved ones during the pandemic.

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