April 14, 2020
About 16 Filipinos who work as nurses and porters in the United Kingdom had died already due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and they revealed their faces online recently.
They are the unseen heroes from the Philippines who fought against the deadly virus.
From the latest news report through gulfnews.com, about 16 Filipinos who worked as hospital nurses and porters had died due to COVID-19 in the UK. As detailed online, the names are as follows:
- Amor Gatinao
- Marjorie Teves
- Romeo Castillo
- John Alagos
- Leilani Dayrit
- Delia Mahinay
- Donald Suelto
- Arnel Ganias
- Oscar King Jr.
- Fernando Caparal
- Elvira Bucu
- Raul Apostol
- Arnel Ganias
- A certain named Gloria
- A certain named JR and
- Dr. Aileen Abdon Sartaguda
These people had served their hospitals and patients with great courage by risking their lives. Unfortunately, they all died while working abroad for the sake of their loved ones back home.
One of the longest staying nurses in the United Kingdom is Amor Gatinao who had worked at the National Health Service (NHS) since 2002. According to the reported news, she is the 27th staff member of the hospital who died because of COVID-19. She was a dedicated clinical nurse assessor at the Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group.
Despite the effort of his husband to bring her to the hospital in saving her life when she is not getting well for the past couple of days, Amor still did not make it to survive. She died last Good Friday and according to the family, they will bring her ashes in Jaro, Ilolilo (her hometown).
Another sorry casualty who fought against the pandemic virus is Leilani Dayrit who died last April 9, 2020. Like Gatinao she worked for the NHS for almost 16 years, but failed to survive when she got ill due to COVID-19.
She is the fourth reported nurse from the Philippines.
While in London, Donald Suelto is a male nurse who recently died due to the deadly virus. He exposed himself to different patients infected with the Novel Coronavirus and experienced symptoms before he died.
Perhaps the saddest thing about his death is that Suelto passed away inside his apartment without any companion.
Another young Filipino male nurse who died after battling against COVID-19 is the 23-year old John Alagos. Based on the published information about him, he works at the Watford General Hospital and one of the staff who takes care of the patients with the virus.
From the report through a British press, the mother (Gina Gustilo) of John has asked him to come home, but the hospital did not allow him due to lack of health workers. He worked for almost 12 hours per shift and got sick afterwards that led to his death.
Her mother revealed that during the duty of his son, he is not wearing complete PPE.
Besides the list above, the report from bbc.com revealed that other Filipinos who died in London include 60-year old nurse Melujean Ballesteros from St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The other casualty is Elbert Rico who is a porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford along with Oscar King Jr.
Currently, over 18,000 health workers at the NHS are from the Philippines. Based on a study in UK, the Philippines is a top provider of licensed nurses and clinical staff than any other nation outside the United Kingdom.