During her treatment and road to recovery, she had one question for the doctor.
“I asked him if I could be a mother,” Reyes said. “That was one of my dreams. To be a mom.”
After being released from the hospital, Reyes would later find her dreams realized.
Her son, due in January, will be named after her best friend, Oscar Aracena, who died at Pulse.
That isn’t where the story stops. Reyes and her wife Franzuas will be new mothers because of donor Jose Andujar, who also has a son named after Pulse victim Simon Carillo.
“The entire journey, I want him to see the pictures, the videos, everything,” Reyes said.
Reyes said she plans on naming her son Zuriel Oscar.
“I wanted a name that means strength,” Reyes said. “And Zuriel means strength of God.”