Veteran Filipina nurse in London dies of COVID-19

Rose Eclarinal, Europe News Bureau

Posted at Apr 13 2020 02:40 PM

LONDON - A Filipina nurse died due to COVID-19 here, her family said Monday. 

Amor Padilla Gatinao, 50, first felt symptoms of the respiratory disease last March 22, which fell on UK's celebration of Mother's Day, said her husband Mario.

Mario said he called for an ambulance for his wife 2 days after due to her high fever and headache. However, paramedics told the mother-of-3 to "stay at home and take paracetamol" because they can't bring her to the hospital, which was only admitting patients who need emergency care, he said. 

"Masama ang loob ko. Ini-expect ko na maa-admit siya that time,” said Mario. 

(I felt bad. I was expecting that she would be admitted.) 
 
Gatinao, a clinical nurse assessor at the Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group, had fever for 2 more days. With no improvement in her condition, her husband drove her to the St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where she was eventually confined. 

She was intubated and put in an induced coma on March 30 to help relieve her pain and labored breathing, and make it easier for her to get medicine. 

“Sabi ko [sa kanya], 'Pray na lang tayo. Nandiyan ka na sa ospital at maaalagaan ka',” Mario said. 

(I told her, let's just pray. You're already at the hospital, you'll be taken care of.) 

But Gatinao, a nurse for 19 years, succumbed to the disease on Good Friday. 

Gatinao's family said they planned to bring her ashes to her hometown in Jaro, Iloilo. 
 
“She has achieved a lot while working for the NHS (national health service). We are proud of her. I’m proud of my wife,” said Mario.