Cristian Pavon Pineda Wiki
The mother of a Texas boy who is believed to have died in his hypothermia sleep after losing his home power due to an unprecedented winter storm struggles to understand how his happy, healthy son, whom he kissed goodnight Monday, is going.
On Tuesday morning, just hours after playing in the snow for the first time in his teenage life, 11-year-old Cristian Pavon Pineda was found unresponsive under a blanket.
“He was happy to see the wife,” remembers PEOPLE in Spanish, said mother Maria Elisa Pineda, who moved from Honduras to Texas more than two years ago.
His son adds, “He slammed a door and the snow fell on his head and he was laughing a lot. We were taking all the pictures of him in the snow,” adds his son.
After playing outside, Pineda said that his son slept around 22:00 while he was still at home without electricity. Although the electricity was restored the next morning, “by then he was already dead.”
“He slept and did not wake up,” he says for his son, whom he describes as a “healthy child”.
“Oh my God how can that be. God, what am I going to do. That can’t be right,” he remembers.
The family believes that lack of electricity in the midst of cold cold is a contributing factor to his death. Although pine first felt “anxious when the power went out,” he says he did not consider seeking another refuge. “I thought we would stay here. We’ll stay together in our little beds. Cristian and his brother and I, on the other, my husband and baby. But that’s what happened,” he says.
Now, Pineda and his family are staying with a cousin – and he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to return home.
“My son dying there scares me and makes me feel awful. I don’t think I’ll go back there,” he says. “I will look for another place to live and move my belongings. I cannot be there again.” Now that power has been handed back to millions of Texans, Pineda says the government “must find a way” to keep the lights on. “Many people have lived through something and suffer in cold houses,” he says. “When there are children who suffer even more. It’s okay.”
As for what others hoped to save his son’s tragic death, Pineda emphasizes the importance of finding a place to go “if the power goes out”.
It says “Look for a solution”. “Because this is a dangerous situation and very dire. Even more so when you are with your children.” The Houston Chronicle previously reported an autopsy on Thursday, but it may take several weeks for Cristian’s cause of death to be confirmed.
“In any case, he was a normal and healthy boy,” a spokesman for the Conroe Police Department told the newspaper.
A GoFundMe page was created to raise money to send Cristian’s remains to Honduras with his grandparents. On Saturday afternoon, the campaign exceeded $ 65,000.