Surviving members of the New Jersey family devastated by the coronavirus are pleading for answers as two siblings remained on life support in a New Jersey hospital.
Bridget Fusco Betlow, the family’s fifth-born child, told The Post on Thursday that she was overwhelmed by the fatal impact coronavirus is having on her family.
“I’m numb. I don’t even know what to feel,” Bridget Fusco Betlow, 52, said in a brief phone interview.
“My mother, brother and sister are all gone, and we don’t have any answers.”
Fusco Betlow, one of the 11 children, spoke to The Post just hours before the death of Vincent Fusco, the fourth member of the family to perish from the illness.
Her sister Elizabeth Fusco, said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” that the family is still awaiting test results for a sister who’s in grave condition.
“The doctors’ don’t know if she’s positive, and how do they treat someone, if [they don’t] have test results,” Elizabeth said.
A third hospitalized sibling of Elizabeth’s is in stable condition, her cousin and family lawyer Roseann Paradiso said on CNN.
The family is also awaiting the results of tests administered on Saturday to 19 other relatives, including spouses and children of victims, according to Paradiso.
“No one ever expected a family of 11 children to be decimated like this,” Paradiso said. “We have a long way to go.”
Elizabeth described the heartache her family has suffered, with four deaths from the virus since last Thursday.
“It’s like the second we start to grieve about one, the phone rings and there is another person gone, taken from us forever,” she said.
The family’s first victim was Rita, 55, a religion teacher at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold, who died on Thursday.
The oldest son in the Fusco family, Carmine, 55, died at a hospital in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
Later Wednesday night, the family’s 73-year-old matriarch, Grace Fusco, died without knowing the virus had already claimed two her kids’ lives, according to reports.
"The second we start to grieve about one the phone rings and there's another person gone."@ChrisCuomo speaks with members of a New Jersey family who lost four relatives and have nearly 20 other relatives in quarantine because of the coronavirus. "We're just begging for help." pic.twitter.com/Va8TpbvBMH— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) March 20, 2020