- The wife of one of the doctors who lost his battle to COVID-19 already tested negative for the virus and is now waiting for her second negative result before being allowed to go home
- Dra. Evalyn Macasaet admitted that there were times when the situation became so difficult that thinking about giving up was easy
- However, she was not ready to leave their 26-year-old son with special needs behind so she said recovering is the only option for her
The early cases of COVID-19 patients among Filipino doctors included Dr. Greg Macasaet and his wife Dra. Evalyn Macasaet.
On March 22, Dr. Greg succumbed to the virus, leaving behind Dra. Evalyn and Raymond, their 26-year-old son with special needs.
In an interview with GMA News, Dra. Evalyn admitted that there were times when fighting COVID became very hard for her. “There was a time na it’s so difficult, I felt it’s so easy to give up,” Dra. Evalyn, who experienced diarrhea, v0miting, fever, and pneum0nia, said.
But realizing that she has a son waiting for her to come home encouraged her to fight and recover from the virus. “Nag-usap kami sa phone and also on Viber. Sabi niya, ‘Mommy, I miss you. Please get home soon.’ Sabi ko, there is only one option and that is to recover,” aniya. “Yun lang ang nagpapalakas sa akin.”
Before her husband’s condition worsened, he was able to send a message to his family and friends asking them to take care of Raymond and Dra. Evalyn if he does not survive.
“If they intubate me and place me on ventilator, then the game is almost over! If Ateng (Evalyn) survives, then my wish for her and Raymond for a long and happy life will bear fruition! Raymond, however, needs financial and emotional care for the rest of his life! Something I may no longer be able to fulfill,” he said.
“It is my fervent hope that all of you may assist the rest of my family in our most difficult times.”
Dra. Evalyn already tested negative for COVID and is now waiting for her second negative test so she can finally reunite with her son.