Isang person under investigation (PUI) sa CoVid-19 ang namatay matapos maghintay ng 11 oras sa tent sa labas ng ospital sa Quezon City habang naghihintay na i-admit ito.
Liwanag Serrano Jr. / Photo credit GMA Network
Ayon kay Rachelle Serrano-Ramos, dinala umano ang kanyang ama na si, Liwanag Serrano Jr. sa Lung Center of the Philippines at naghintay ng 11 oras sa loob ng tent kasama ang iba pang PUI.
“We are a third world country, I get it. We trust in God’s will but it pains us how my Dad had to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” sabi ni Rachelle sa text message na ipinadala sa GMA News Online.
Sa Facebook post naman ni Rachelle, ibinahagi niya ang paghihirap ng kanyang ama habang naghihintay sa labas ng ospital.
“I refuse for you to be remembered as a statistic. I never thought you will be a casualty of war, a battle we lost without a FIGHT,” sabi ni Rachelle.
Ayon sa kanya, tinawagan na umano nila ang ibang hospital sa QC, ngunit lahat sila ay tumatanggi na umanong tumanggap ng “possible COVID-19 patients.”
“All the hospitals pointed us to Lung Center. We called and they said to come but expect a long wait. That long wait was 11 hours.”
“Eleven hours my Dad was out in the heat sitting in a wheelchair under a triage tent with several coughing PUI’s around him. My youngest brother never left my father’s side,” dagdag ni Rachelle.
Sa kabila ng hindi magandang nangyari sa kanyang ama, wala raw sama ng loob si Rachelle sa mga health workers.
Narito ang kanyang buong post:
“I refuse for you to be remembered as a statistic. I never thought you will be a casualty of war, a battle we lost without a FIGHT.
My Dad followed gov’t quarantine rules and stayed inside the house for two weeks, prior to lockdown he visited the grocery twice. He doesn’t have any history of travel or contact with known Covid positive. He started exhibiting mild symptoms last Monday (on and off fever). No cough or colds. We pushed him to go to the hospital but he refused every single time. He was scared and now I know why. Most likely you go to the hospital and not come out alive. This is the sad reality now.
Friday, around 2:30am my youngest brother called me to say that we needed to bring Dad to the hospital as he was looking very pale and weak. He complained of not having an appetite. He never exhibited cough but for some reason he suddenly had difficulty of breathing.
We called several private hospitals in QC only to be turned down and refused admission. Their reason: they can’t accept possible covid19 patients anymore. All the hospitals pointed us to Lung Center. We called and they said to come but expect a long wait. That long wait was 11 hours. 11 hours my Dad was out in the heat sitting in a wheelchair under a triage tent with several coughing PUI’s around him. My youngest brother never left my father’s side.
Thanks but no thanks to Barangay Talipapa, QC for not taking any action when my brother asked for their help. We had to get a private ambulance to transport him as my brother didn’t know how to drive.
Bless Lung Center. They can only do so much. We can tell they are so overwhelmed, understaffed and tired just tired. There were so much death around. I never thought in less than 24 hours, my Dad will pass.
He died without family beside him. Until now we are having a difficult time finding a funeral home to pull him out from the hospital and cremate his remains . As per the funeral coordinator when I requested for my Dad to be bathe and groomed...no, we can’t do that anymore I’m so very sorry. We can’t open the bag. He has to go straight to the crematorium. We can’t even say our proper goodbyes.
We are in mourning but I can’t help but feel like we lost without a fight. My Dad was not given a chance to live because the hospitals are just too chaotic to provide the best possible care. They intubated and put him on a ventilator in a room with PUI’s and not in the ICU because it was full. . According to the doctor who apologized to me, they only had 3 nurses looking after the PUI ward. He died alone.
I still salute all our frontliners, they are doing their best with the limited resources they have. I have no ill feelings towards them .
And now even as we want to mourn, we are still confronted with the bureaucracy and the stigma. Funeral homes are now refusing to take in Covid or PUI even if it’s straight up cremation.
Thank you Hazel Lechuga Villamayor (Angels Memorial) for helping our family give Dad the proper send off. He was pulled out at 9pm and is now undergoing cremation. Wasn’t able to kiss or hug him one last time. This is the most painful part for us.
I’m sorry Daddy. I’m sorry for letting you down.
I’m sorry that we are so helpless.
I love you, Daddy. I will always be your baby girl. Thank you for being the rock of the family.
How sad we feel, to be orphans now. Wally Serrano and Peter Serrano
Farewell Daddy. Mommy is there to welcome you.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
I ask each and everyone to please say a short prayer for my Dad and prayer for my brother who is on strict quarantine. #notastatistic”