A very inconsolable Facebook netizen named Zyrene Boco has taken to socmed venting her anger, accusing the Philippines health care system of killing his Dad because it prioritizes only the rich and powerful.
According to Zyrene, their horrifying ordeal started the morning after her Dad’s birthday when he complained of difficulty breathing and having a heart attack. They rushed him to the hospital but they could not provide him with the proper care. The family spent the entire day until night frantically making calls to hospitals asking if they have available bed in their ICU to accommodate his Dad but no hospital wanted to accept her Dad. All of them feared her Dad might have covid-19 though he did not show any signs or symptoms prior to the day he was admitted. Some hospitals gave the family false hope by saying an ICU was available but immediately turned them down upon learning her Dad’s situation.
To make the story short, her family was helpless and she watched her Dad die in a makeshift tent by the street with primary level care. Her Dad was cremated a few hours later with no family members by his side.
Zyrene paid her Dad a respect by talking how kind hearted he was, giving groceries to their relatives no matter how far their homes from them. She said he was also kind to the security guard in their subdivision working overtime during the enhanced community quarantine, giving them rice etc..
Zyrene lamented her Dad could have been alive when he was given the proper medical care. She ranted against the system, questioning it for turning away her sick Dad and left to die.
Zyrene said it really hurts her to say this but he died struggling. She was looking him in the eye and it really really broke her heart because she knew he wanted to live. He wasn’t ready to leave them.
Zyrene Boco’s FB post has generated 29,000+ shares, 57,000+ reactions and 4,900+ comments of this writing.
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I never thought that I’d have to see my own dad die right before my eyes. I hated that I couldn’t do anything about it because he didn’t die, he was killed by the system that prioritizes only the rich and powerful.
On the morning after his birthday, he complained of having difficulty breathing. I woke up to my mom screaming for help because he was having a heart attack. It broke my heart to help heave his body out of the house, scared that he would be fighting for his life. He told us: “Malakas ako. Kaya ko ‘to.” He was then rushed to the nearest hospital but it could not provide the care he needed. All day and night we were calling hospitals because he needed intensive care but NO ONE WANTED TO ACCEPT HIM. They feared he suffered the infection of the virus but he did not show any symptoms prior to the day he was admitted. Many hospitals gave us false hope by saying an icu was available and upon learning about the situation, would turn my dad down.
They left my dad there to die. He died on a tent by the street with primary level care and we couldn’t do anything about it. He was cremated a few hours later with no one by his side. He didn’t even get a proper funeral.
It’s so unfair because he didn’t deserve it. He was a good man and he was helping so many people. He’s the type of guy who takes care of everyone around him. He passes quarantine IDs from house to house, he would give rice to the guards that overtime in our subdivision, he would give groceries to our relatives no matter how far, he made a house for my lola in the province and not just that, I probably don’t know all the good things he’s done because he’s never showy about it. AND HE COULD BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW IF HE JUST GOT THE CARE HE NEEDED. What kind of healthcare system turns away those who need care? He was fighting for his life and he didn’t even get the chance to properly do so.
It really hurts me to say this but he died struggling. I was looking him in the eye and it really really broke my heart because I knew he wanted to live. He wasn’t ready to leave all of us here.
To the system, FUCK YOU. You all have blood on your hands. You VIPs don’t deserve your treatment. Kayo may results after one day? My dad got tested when he was dead and we probably won’t know until a week later. I hope one day you feel how me and thousands of other Filipinos are feeling right now.
To my dad, I’m so so sorry we couldn’t transfer you to a better hospital. I know I was telling you that you’ll feel better soon and I know I failed you on that. I’m sorry you won’t see us all graduate. Sorry we can’t go to the Japan together this Christmas. The system failed you when you needed it most. Yet, I thank you so much for being the best role model that I have in my life. You left us with the best memories. I can’t believe I won’t be seeing you sit by the tv, eat food at the head of the table, walk the dog in the afternoon or garden the plants. I won’t ever hear you tell me to “go study” or ”go home because it’s too late”. We won’t ever be able to drive to subic or manila for lunch as a family. Sorry dad, you were robbed of seeing us grow. We can’t even give you a proper funeral yet because of the timing. You should be alive right now. You should be playing basketball with Janelle, you should be singing on the karaoke with us, but you can’t anymore. I’d do anything to turn back time and hear you laugh, smile, or just hear your voice one more time. Tell us to squeeze in for a picture one more time. It’s hard to imagine a life without you, dad but for you, I’ll be strong. I love you dad and I hope that wherever you are right now, you’ll be watching over us because we will make you proud.
Edit: please share when you can. It’ll appease my family that people know what he went through at least :((
Source: Zyrene Boco