COVID 19-infected young doctor vows to return to frontlines after full recovery

COVID 19-infected young doctor vows to return to frontlines after full recovery

She was a viral sensation for not so good of a reason and only now on her way to full recovery that she realized that a lot of prayer warriors was storming the heavens for her to get well.

Dr. Carmina Fuentabella, a resident doctor of the University of Santo Tomas University Hospital (USTH) has fallen critically ill due to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 all because she is committed in making patients recover from the fatal disease.

On her way to full recovery she was interviewed by CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend, and she said “I promise to go back to the frontlines so that I can be of more service to my patients.”

(From Dr. Carmina Fuentabella's Facebook Account)

She just held her 27th birthday while in the intensive care unit (ICU), has already been transferred to a regular ward and is now on her way to full recovery from COVID-19.

Once discharged from the hospital, she will head home to Bulacan where she would like to recuperate “emotionally, mentally, and physically.”
“Naniniwala ako na kailangan maging magaling muna ako para mapagaling ko mga pasyente ko,” she said.

[Translation: I believe I have to recover first in order to treat my patients.]
In her interview she shares that since she has no underlying medical conditions, she is of the belief that her experience with COVID-19 was “going to go smoothly,” as most of the young patients only experience mild symptoms. However, following the onset of fever, the doctor said she had difficulty breathing and eventually woke up already intubated.
“When I woke up, it was so difficult. It was the first time in my life wherein I had to count every second of pain,” she said. “It was at that moment I asked God, ‘Why me?’ It was so difficult.”
The young doctor attributed her condition getting better from a strong support system, including everyone who cheered her on as she fought for her life. The young doctor has received an outpouring of prayers and well-wishes from friends and strangers alike, on social media.

“A lot of my doctors talked to me, the internet was talking to me, [telling me] to fight. That's when I realized that I wanted to live,” she shared.
“After going through this disease, I realized that I am not alone. A lot of people were fighting with me. And I think that it is important for us to fight together so that we can get through this pandemic,” she added.
Dr. Carmina said she plans to use her personal experience with COVID-19 to “empathize more” with her patients in the future.

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