The Argentinian surgeon and her husband brought their daughter to the beach in Surfside. They are absent

Fabián Núñez, 55, Andrés Galfrascoli, 45, and their daughter Sofía, 6, were only to stay one night in the Champlain Towers.

They were from Argentina and had come to Miami for about three months to escape the pandemic, which had worsened at home.

They were staying with Nicolás Patoka, a longtime friend of the couple who had lived in Miami for nearly a decade. Pakota’s home is in Hollywood, about 40 minutes north of the Champlain Towers.

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But the couple wanted to take a break from their routine. Pakota gave his friends his apartment in Surfside, so they could take their daughter to enjoy a day on the condo’s private beach. Now the couple and their daughter are among the 156 people disappeared after the Surfside collapse, and Pakota Told Argentine newspaper Clarin that the decision haunts him.

“I wish we had told them no,” Patoka said, on the verge of tears. “They weren’t just friends, they were family.”

Pakota told Clarin that his father dropped off the family to the unit. But he was gone around 9 p.m., as the couple wanted to sleep so they could get up early to take their daughter to the beach. That was the idea, Pakota said. But they haven’t heard from the couple since the building vanished in a charred mass of broken concrete and twisted metal early Thursday morning.

Núñez is a well-known theater producer in Argentina, whose social circle includes Argentine celebrities such as television actor Nicolás Vázquez and ballet dancer Flavio Mendoza. Galfrascoli – from the province of Corrientes – is a prominent plastic surgeon in his country. He too has a number of Argentinian celebrities as patients and friends. Among other things, he is a close friend of Fabiola Yañez, the current first lady of Argentina, whom he has known for more than a decade.

But despite their closeness to stardom, the couple’s friends describe them as kind, loving and generous people who always made everyone feel welcome and loved their young daughter more than anything.

“She was just the best person,” Alicia Aguilar de Caba, one of Galfrascoli’s patients, told the Miami Herald. Even though he had famous clients and was somewhat famous himself, de Caba said, he was always friendly and kind to his patients, no matter what price they might pay.

“During our dates, he never missed an opportunity to laugh and joke with me about Corrientes, where my husband is also from,” said de Caba. He also always talked about his family on dates, added deCaba, especially his daughter Sofia, whom he obviously loved very much.

“This girl was their dream,” Pakota told Clarin. “They are such humble and good people who have never had anything in their life. It would be impossible to explain how hard they had to fight to get their little angel, and now she’s gone too. Pakota added that the couple are trying to have another child soon – a younger brother for little Sofiía.

“All of us who knew him are in shock. I still can’t believe it. We are all praying for a miracle, ”added de Caba. “I can’t believe it’s true. Just thinking about it freezes my blood. It seems impossible. Every time I wake up he and his family are the first thing I think of and every time I hope it was just a bad dream.


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