A family of Filipinos in UAE who got infected of the new coronavirus has revealed how they fought and won their battle agains the virus together.
Filipina nurse Juvy Dimapilis told The Filipino Times said they were all tested positive for the virus on March 27. Before getting tested, she already had sore throat and dry cough, while her son had fever several days prior to the arrival of her parents from the Philippines for a vacation.
She ignored the symptoms and blame it to the changing weather, however, six days after the arrival of her parents, her father started having fever–which led to his diagnosis of the virus two days later.
“Nakita ko kung gaano kalungkot ang nanay ko sa sobrang pag-iisip at pag-aalal sa tatay ko. Noon sinabi ko sa mother ko ang result ng swb test ng father ko, she cried and asked God kung pinabayaan nya ba kami. Gusto ko na umiyak pero ko gustong makita nya yun since alam ko na wala na syang ibang mapagkukunan ng lakas ng loob,” she told The Filipino Times.
The whole household decided to have themselves tested for Covid-19.
“I feel guilty dahil pakiramdam ko I exposed them sa infection since ako nga yung may symptoms. Dasal siya ng dasal at that time na sana sya na lang ang may sakit at huwag na daw maddamay kamin mga mag asawa at ang baby namin,” she added.
The whole household tested positive for Covid-19, and Dimapilis is was also positive for influenza B+. They were isolated in separate rooms in ICU and then she decided to write a letter to her mother about the bad news.
“My mother doesn’t know how to use any android phone, wala sya cellphone that time kaya hindi ko na din alam kung ano ang nangyayari sa kanya sa other room. Sinabi ko din sa sulat na kung may gusto syang sabihin, malaman, or kung may kailanga sya, just write it down and tell the nurse na i-abot sa akin,” she added.
Dimapilis was then advised by a friend to use a video calling app service in order to contact her family in the other rooms. She saw how optimistic her mother was during the battle with the virus and kept reminding the to pray and take care.
She was completely left sad upon knowing that her son got tested for the virus for the second swab test. She hid the result from her mother so the latter won’t even have to worry further.
Her son was transferred to a bigger room while she and her mother shared the same room.
“Akala ko kaya ko na kasi nakikita ko naman na okay na si nanay but I do have moments of weakness, nag-break down ako, iyak ng iyak sa room dahil sa lungkot na hindi ko kasama ang baby at asawa ko,” she said.
Her mother comforted her and told her that everything will be alright.
Their second and third swab tests came back on April 26, and it was negative.
“Praise God for his unfailing love. God granted us healing. Covid-19 brought us closed to God and that doon mo talaga mararamdaman na nothing is impossible with him,” she added.