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8 family members contracted Covid-19 shocked with P3.4 million hospital bill


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A household whose eight family members contracted the deadly Covid-19 was shocked with almost a P4-million hospital bill. 

The virus hit the mother, father, children, and siblings. 

In GMA Public Affairs’ ‘Juan Love’, Des Centeno-Escobedo, a staff in the Congress, was not expecting that the virus will put her family members in danger, specifically her 63-year-old mother who also works for a congressman. 

Des said it all started when their household service worker receives her SAP. When the servant returned to their house, Des’ mother greeted her. Two days after, her mother showed Covid-19 symptoms. 

While her mother’s symptoms were getting serious, her other family members were also showing symptoms. This includes her father, two siblings, and niece and nephews. 

Although Des’ house was separate from her parents, she also felt symptoms including loss of taste and smell, while her husband and two kids were having flu. 

Before even getting the Covid-19 test results, her mother was rushed to the hospital last August 16. 

“Hindi na po conscious yung isip niya, kung ano-ano na pong lumalabas sa bibig niya, hindi niya na po alama. Tapos minsan po kumakanta na siya ng bigla-bigla tapos hindi na po talaga siya nakakatayo,” Des said. 

She added that they felt nervous considering the age of her mother. 

“Kinabahan na rin po talaga kami lalo senior po siya tapos may diabetes po siya,” she further added. 

This time, her husband, Edward, was rushed into the hospital. After spending 10 days in the hospital, he started hallucinating. 

Her father, meanwhile, was also confined on August 21. 

“Nag-break down po talaga ako, sobrang na-depress ako, iyak lang ako ng iyak,” Des said. 

It was September 6 when they made aware that her mother was positive for the virus. Des’ two children were also tested positive for the virus, however, they were only considered mild cases. 

Her husband’s and father’s test results came out positive as well. 

“Doon medyo nadurog yung puso ko. Deep inside, ‘Sana Lord, ibigay mo na sa akin lahat. Kaya ko naman eh,’ sabi ko, ‘Juwag lang yung bata,” Edward said. 

“Bakit kami?’ Ganiyan, pero ayoko kasing manisi na, wala eh. Kung sino-sino na ang tinatawagan ko, parang baliw na yata ako, hindi ako nagkakakain, hindi ako nakakatulog, dasal lang ako nang dasal kasi gusto ko nang matapos ito,” Des said. 

Despite the challenges, Des still believes that they’ll make it through. 

Her father was discharged on August 27 while his siblings were also announced Covid-free. 

Edward’s condition also went well. Soon after he was discharged, their kids also tested negative for the virus. 

Des’ mother was also discharged on September 14 from the ICU. 

Ryan Namia
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