An anesthesiologist from Manila Doctors Hospital has given up the ghost thanks to COVID-19. The doctor was believed to possess contracted the virus from exposure to a COVID-19 patient who recently traveled abroad.
His wife, fellow anesthesiologist Dra. Evalyn Talens has also contracted COVID-19 and is currently hospitalized.
Manila Doctors Hospital released a press release confirming Dr. Macasaet’s death and grieved the loss of “one of the simplest anesthesiologists in our country” and described him as a “brave” frontline.
Dr. Macasaet is survived by his wife and their son whom Dr. Macasaet asked people to worry about after his passing.
In a viral Facebook post, a netizen shared the last messages that Dr. Macasaet sent before he passed on.
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The text read:
“Good evening, my beloved brethren! The turn of events is simply not getting into my favor. the sensation you get, apart from extreme pains everywhere, the difficulty of breathing and as if all life is being sucked from your body!
“They are going to be putting hamper lines and central tubes on me anytime soon! If they intubate me and place me on the ventilator, then the sport is nearly over!
“If Ateng (referring to his wife) survives, then my wish for her and Raymond (his son who is with autism) for an extended and happy life will bear fruition!”
He added, “Raymond, however, needs financial and emotional look after the remainder of his life! Something I’ll not be ready to fulfill! it’s my fervent hope that each one of you’ll assist the remainder of my family in our most difficult times!”
He also detailed his battle with COVID-19 during a text message to his godson, which was shared on facebook