Bryan family asking for support as loved one bounces back from COVID-19

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 1:49 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 5:25 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Bryan resident, Johnny Ontiveros is dealing with the aftermath of the deadly virus after testing positive in June.

“He started feeling nausea, cough, fever,” said Breana Ontiveros, Johnny’s daughter.

Breana says by the end of the week, nearly the whole family tested positive, with Johnny getting it the worst.

“It’s like a big punch in the gut you don’t think it’s going to happen to you, you know you’re cautious, you’re wearing the masks, you’re doing what you have to do then it hits,” said Breana.

Johnny was admitted to a College Station hospital and put on a ventilator, on July 28 he was transferred to a rehab facility in Houston where he’s now undergoing physical therapy.

Breana says this has been a wake-up call for her family that COVID isn’t going away anytime soon.

“All this happening with him and just seeing it first hand of how it’s affected someone that‘s healthy, I’ve decided that I’m going to go get vaccinated and I’m pretty sure my sister and all them are too. My dad’s already telling my mom, well mouthing, that as soon as he gets better he’s going to get vaccinated,” said Breana.

Johnny’s road to recovery is long and it’s why other family members like Sally Reyes are wanting to help where they can.

“I know that he worries about the household expenses and medical expenses and my husband and I are trying to help raise money for him so that he won’t worry about that and just get better,” said Reyes.

Saturday the family is selling food plates for $10 with brisket, trimmings, sausage, rice, beans, and bread with all proceeds going to the Ontiveros family

Plates will be sold starting at 11 a.m. at El Toro’s located at 500 N Sims Ave. in Bryan.

Breana says they’re thankful for everyone’s support.

“Everyone constantly checking in even when we were quarantined, they were bringing us stuff and just constantly checking on my dad, the donations, everything,” said Breana.

For more ways you can help, email Breana at

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