Grandma Thanks The Medical Team That Helped Her Beat COVID By Delivering Over 800 Homemade Tamales


A grandmother of 12 who survived COVID after falling ill from the disease in April is giving back to the people who took care of her. Margarita Montanez made over 800 tamales in five days and gifted them to the healthcare workers who saved her life.

When she was sick with COVID back in April, Montanez had trouble breathing and was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit where she remained for 20 days. As her health started to improve, she knew she wanted to do something nice for the medical team.

KTLA spoke with Margarita outside of the hospital and asked about this generous delivery right in time for the holiday season. They asked her why she wanted to do this incredibly kind gesture, Montanez replied, “I appreciated what they did for me, the doctors and nurses.”

Margarita’s daughter, Cindy, was also a part of the interview and the news anchor asked her to explain what it was like to see her mom battle COVID. “It’ll go down as one of the scariest days of my life,” Cindy said. 

She goes on to explain the amazing care her mother received the moment they got to the hospital, the nurses immediately sprung into action. But there was still a moment of fear for Cindy because she “didn’t know if I was ever going to see my mom again,” she told KTLA.

But sure enough, she was released on April 17 and exactly eight months to the day, on December 17, the mother-daughter duo donated their time and tamales to the Cedars-Sinai medical team.

“Thanks to the Cedars-Sinai medical team,” Margarita’s daughter said, “my mom is here today and we are forever grateful for that.”

Written by Moises Mendez II