Antonina Gargoles, 92, of Barangay Saraet in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, was “too weak” when she contracted coronavirus last month.
Her family refused to take the advice of a rural physician and opted to care for her in their home. Weeks later, she became the oldest patient to recover in the province.
Dr. Kaye Marie Yap, a barrio doctor in the city, shared on Facebook that Gargoles contracted the virus on July 23, and that “she was too weak, febrile and dyspneic”, when they visited her at her house on August 6.
The patient also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she added.
“I advised their family that Lola should be referred to a tertiary hospital, however, they refused. They wanted to be the ones to take care of Lola, considering her old age and bedridden status,” the doctor said.
Yap said they provided Gargoles with medicines, and monitored her from time to time.
“Lola took her meds diligently with the help of her daughter and grandson. She was in good hands, under the care of her kind and loving family,” the doctor said.
“Two days after starting her meds, her condition improved, eventually leading to her full recovery,” she added.
Yap said the patient tested negative in the repeat swab test and has no symptoms.
“This inspiring story of Lola Antonina only shows that there is hope in this overly chaotic world. She is our inspiration in our struggle to fight this COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.*
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