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Volunteer firefighter, 35, records heartbreaking message for his 7 kids before dying of COVID-19 

A volunteer firefighter managed to record a heartbreaking message for his seven children from a Texas hospital before he tragically died of COVID-19 last month. 

Charles Torres, 35, could barely breathe as he told his children one last time: 'I love you with all my heart.'

In the video, obtained by Fox 5, Torres, who died on Valentine's Day, shared with his children: 'I love you so much. Know that daddy loves you.'

From his hospital bed, Torres said the names of his three children and four stepchildren, making sure each of them knew how much he loved them. 

He also instructed them to take care of their mother. 

Volunteer firefighter, Charles Torres (left in the hospital and right), 35, managed to record a heartbreaking message for his seven children from a Texas hospital before he tragically died of COVID-19 last month

Torres told his children (four pictured): 'Take care of your mother. I love you. I love you so much,' Torres said as he struggled to speak while wearing an oxygen mask'

'Take care of your mother. I love you. I love you so much,' Torres said as he struggled to speak while wearing an oxygen mask. 

In an interview with Fox, Torres' father, Alex, shard that his son 'loved his children and took care of his children'.

'He wanted to make sure he left something for the kids just in case that things started going wrong.'

According to Alex, his son had suffered from pancreatitis since 2010. He was hospitalized in mid-January for a fever and thought he was having a pancreatic episode. 

But he was soon diagnosed with COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator. 

'You never think it's going to happen to you,' Alex told the news site. 'I've been praying to God my entire life that I never outlive my children.'

His family said he was hospitalized in mid-January before his death on February 14 

It's unclear how Torres (pictured with two of his chlidren) contracted the virus but he was working as a volunteer firefighter and as a FEMA Disaster Assistance Specialist during the pandemic

According to his father Alex (right), his son had suffered from pancreatitis since 2010. He was hospitalized in mid-January for a fever and thought he was having a pancreatic episode. 'I've been praying to God my entire life that I never outlive my children,' Alex said 

It's unclear how Torres contracted the virus but he was working as a volunteer firefighter and as a FEMA Disaster Assistance Specialist during the pandemic. 

In Texas, where Torres' family lives, Gov Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that the entire state will reopen beginning on March 10. 

Abbott said Tuesday the state's mask mandates and restrictions will end next week as he vowed it was time to 'open Texas 100 per cent'.

The Lone Star State is now the largest to date to end a mask mandate put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans. 

Like the rest of the country, Texas has seen the number of new cases and deaths plunge. 

In Texas, hospitalizations are at the lowest levels since October, and the seven-day rolling average of positive tests has dropped to about 7,600 cases, down from more than 10,000 in mid-February.

However, Texas has been one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic, with only California and New York reporting more COVID-19 deaths than the state.

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