Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan has buzzed the online community after sharing the story of D0ct0r Greg Macasaet, an anesthesiologist who was a frontliner fighting against the lethal c0r0navirus.
The bishop revealed the d0ct0r’s last text message to his family and friends after he was tested positive for C0VID-19.
“Yesterday, I received a text message from a friend of the family of Dr. Greg Macasaet, an anesthesiologist and a dedicated frontliner in the fight against C0VID19.
“Apparently, as they attended to patients in the emergency room of a hospital, Dr. Greg and his wife (who is also an anesthesiologist) both got infected by the virus they were fighting.
“They submitted themselves to a C0VID19 testing and both came out positive. But between the two of them, Dr. Greg appeared to have been more severely affected by the disease.”
The d0ct0r then communicated his family and friends upon realizing how serious the situation had become.
“Dr. Greg continued to communicate with his family and friends using his cellphone, making calls and text messages.”
“When he started to realize how serious his condition was, he sent the following text message yesterday:
“Good evening, my beloved brethren !”
The turn of events is just no longer going in my favor. The feeling you get, aside from extreme pains all over, difficulty of breathing and as if all life is being sucked from your body!”
“They will be putting cutdown lines and central tubes on me anytime soon !”
If they intubate me and place me on ventilator, then the game is almost over!”
If Ateng (referring to his wife) survives, then my wish for her and Raymond (his son who is with autism) 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! It Is my fervent hope that all of you may assist the rest of my Family in our most difficult times!”
Bishop Pablo shared that he tried to contact D0ct0r Greg but he could no longer accommodate his calls as he had to be intubated already.
He then revealed that the d0ct0r has already perished earlier this morning at 4:00AM and that he was the second casualty among the frontliners.
The bishop also added a list of the names of the d0ct0rs who are currently infected with the virus and asked the people to pray for the frontliners whose lives are at risk due to the fight against C0VID-19.
The said post elicited various comments from netizens who shared their sympathies as well as their experiences having a family member who is currently a frontliner.
“Tears welled in my eyes dearest Bishop. I am with you in unison prayer.”
“While I was reading your story, I keep on praying that Dr. Greg and Dr. Evalyn will survive. But then, Dr. Greg didn’t make it, I felt so sad. Praying for all the frontliners, especially my granddaughter.”
“At the rate we are losing our frontliners to C0VID 19 infection, it won’t be long before the “reservists”, the retired medical professionals, will be called in, too.”
“I shared this with friends in private message, many of them are nurses and hospital personnel and some d0ct0rs. Indeed, many are asking for prayers. We intensify our prayers for all our frontline workers.”
According to the shared letter that the d0ct0r had made five days before he bid his last goodbye, he wanted to make the last rites. However, due to the nature of his condition, the d0ct0rs did not allow anyone to approach him.
Currently, three are reported casualties from the front liners in the country. The majority of the physicians among the ten physicians who tested positive for COVID-19 were deeply concerned and saddened.