Before, it was said that COVID-19 is only deadly to older people. However, it turns out that this isn’t true.
A Dubai-based Filipino couple lost their only son to COVID-19 just 24 hours after they brought him to the hospital.
Roxy and Walter Sibug took the courage to relate their story to the public to raise awareness on the danger of COVID-19 to young people. According to them, their one-year-old son Luther Exekiel succumbed to COVID-19 despite being a healthy child since the beginning.
“My son is completely healthy. Hindi nagkakasakit, pero sa isang iglap nawala siya samin,” says Roxy.
According to Roxy, it was her husband who had a fever first but they never thought that he is positive because he works from home. Later on, their son also got a fever as high as 39 degrees Celcius.
They decided to bring their son to the clinic where the health worker recommended having themselves check for COVID-19. After the test, they were asked to return to their home. The boy took vitamins and medicines which greatly helped to subside his fever. But when the test result came out, it was found out that they are positive for COVID-19.
“Nung umpisa, walang nakikitang kakaiba kay Baby Luther hanggang sa namaga ang mga mata at naging maputla. Dinala siya sa ospital at doon nakita na mabilis ang kanyang heartbeat. Umabot daw ang virus hanggang sa paligid ng kanyang puso,” says Roxy.
“Kumuha ako ng kumot. Kahit bawal, kinumutan ko anak ko dahil wala siyang damit kasi punung puno siya ng aparato.”
Their son was intubated and the couple was asked to return home. However, after a few hours, they were informed that the blood pressure of their son was going further down. The doctors tried to revive Luther but were unsuccessful.
“Nasabi ko pa sa doktor doon, mainit pa anak ko, mainit pa siya. Maisasalba pa nila. Tapos lumuhod po ako sa mga doctors at cardiologist. Sinabi ko kunin na ang puso ko ngayon,” says Roxy. “Namaga puso nya. Wala pa pong 24 hours, 15 hours palang kinuha na po siya sa amin. Lahat ng medicine na binigay sa kanya, wala pong tumalab na medicine sa kanya.”
“Imbes na makasama namin siya sa huling sandali nya dito sa mundo, hindi namin siya makasama. Nasa morge siya, naninigas, nilalamig. Wala syang kasama. Walang kumot doon. Wala kaming magawa,” she further added.
The couple is still positive of COVID-19 and they find it so hard to stay at home, with all the memories of their deceased child.
“Bawat pikit ng mata, siya yun nakikita namin. Bawat galaw namin dito sa bahay, ganun kami tino-torture. Grabe yun pain na niraramdaman naming,” Roxy said.
This is the message of Roxy to all parents out there:
“Kung mahal niyo anak niyo, mag ingat talaga kayo. Hindi pwede babaliwalain nyo ito, kasi hindi ito joke. Kapag nakaramdam kayo, kahit konting sinat lang, magpa-swab test na kayo please. Gastusan niyo, mas maganda gastusan niyo kahit sa magkanong halaga kaysa sa mawala mga mahal niyo sa buhay.”