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Nearly two years ago, John Dickerson explored the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families.

23-year-old Francesca Santacroce suddenly found herself parent to her teenage sister, and caregiver to their mother, an at-home dialysis patient with COVID, after her father was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator.

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Francesca (R) and her sister, along with their mother. This photo was taken after their mother’s kidney transplant surgery earlier this month. Behind them is a photo of their father, who passed away in 2020.

“I literally feel like I’m about to shatter in a million pieces right now,” Santacroce told Dickerson. “But – I feel like one wrong move and I’m going to break. And I’m going to fall apart. But I know that I can’t. I can’t do that. Because I need to take care of my family right now.”

Francesca’s father died the day after our interview, but early this month, her mother received a kidney transplant. And in August, Francesca will enter medical school.


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