By Hanah Tabios
Not all goodbyes are a testament to a lifetime departure.
This was proven to be true when the Pedriatic COVID-19 team of the state-owned Philippine General Hospital (PGH) celebrated the end of the coronavirus struggle of its young male patient on Tuesday.
In a very touching video shared by PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, confetti and balloons flooded a corridor of the hospital signaling the discharge of the hospital’s very first critically-ill pediatric COVID-19 survivor after 30 days.
The nurses, doctors, and other frontline workers welcomed him with warm claps and cheers while he was being escorted out of the hospital.
The patient even broke into tears as he saw the jubilation that marked his recovery.
“This child’s tears of joy motivates us to continue this fight no matter how long it takes,” Del Rosario said in a post, emphasizing that a total team effort has made the patient survive the dreaded disease.
Some social media users commented: “Ang sarap sa puso.”
As of Tuesday, May 12, the health department reported additional 107 patients who recovered from COVID-19 which now accounts for a total of 2,106 recoveries.