90-year-old Natalia Vicente survived colon cancer back in 2013 and proved herself a warrior once again by beating COVID-19.
Natalia was recently discharged from the Philippine Heart Center after recovering from COVID-19. She was warmly received by the hospital’s health workers and her family, who cheered her on as she arrived at the hospital lobby.
“Paglabas niya ng elevator, shocked din siya kasi ang akala niya dalawa ‘yung susundo sa kanya tapos may staff din ng Philippine Heart Center. Nadagdagan din kami bale five sa family na nandoon para sumundo sa kanya,” grandchild Beng Vicmundo said.
[When she got out of the elevator, she was shocked because she thought only 2 people would pick her up but then there was the staff of Philippine Heart Center. There were also five of us from the family to pick her up.]
It was an especially emotional reunion for their family as Natalia spent 44 days battling COVID-19 in the hospital, where she had been isolated from her family.
“May sakit siya pero wala siyang pamilya na nandoon sa kuwarto na ‘yun. Siya lang. Tapos bibisitahin lang ng nurse,” Vicmundo said.
[She was sick but had no family in the room with her. It was just her. She could only be visited by her nurse.]
“Sabi niya sa sasakyan: Akala ko hindi na ako makakauwi,” Vicmundo added.
[She said in the car: I thought I wouldn’t be able to go home.]
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