A Filipino family of frontliner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had to be apart from their child after contracting COVID-19.

“When are you going back home? When will you embrace me?” – these are the words of a 3-year old child who cannot be with her parents after both of them got infected with COVID-19.

At a very young age, she cannot accept the fact that she needs to be away with her parents so she can’t get infected as well.

“Unfortunately, my report came in the morning and it was positive,” says Christine Navarro, RC’s mother.

Christine first decided to work abroad, in Saudi Arabia, as a nurse. After two years, Christine and Raymond decided to get married, thinking that it will be a lot easier for Raymond to get a visa. As it turns out, the visa application of Raymond was denied. They decided to change their plans.

Raymond went to the United Arab Emirates and worked as a chef in a restaurant. After some time, he took an exam to be an ambulance nurse. He passed it and Christine decided to be with her husband in UAE.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the two medical frontliner was once again placed in a tough situation. They both contacted COVID-19.

“Nung una, nawala po talaga ‘yung sense of smell ko and sense of taste,” says –. “Tapos mayroon akong fever, umabot lang ng 38.3.”

Through video calls, they were able to see their daughter and check on her. They had to toughen their hearts and explained everything to their child so she won’t feel too sad.

After spending two weeks in the hospital, Christine was free from COVID and finally returned RC. But Raymond remained in the hospital.

“Good morning, Daddy Ko! Get well soon! I love you!” – these are the words of RC that gave strength to Raymond.

Finally, after one month of being away from each other, Raymond returned home. The family was grateful that they once again overcame the challenges that were brought to them in this time of the pandemic.

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ANAK NA 3-ANYOS PA LAMANG, NAPILITANG IWAN NG INA AT AMANG FRONTLINER NA NAGPOSITIBO SA COVID-19"When are you going back home? When will you embrace me?”Ilan lang iyan sa mga tanong ni RC sa kanyang mga magulang na para sa kanila ay napakasakit pakinggan. Wala kasi silang maisagot dahil sila mismo, hindi tiyak kung kailan sila gagaling — kung gagaling pa sila. Hindi nila alam kung makakauwi pa sila sa anak.Parehong medical frontliners sa United Arab Emirates ang mga magulang ni RC. Ang ina niyang si Christine at ang ama niyang si Raymond, parehong nagpositibo sa COVID-19.Kinailangan nilang magkalayo sa isa’t isa para hindi mahawa ang bata. Tanging ang video call lang ang paraan para maibsan ang pangungulila ng kanilang unica hija. Magkapiling pa kaya ang pamilya? #JuanLove | Tadhana GMA I JUANder

Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, July 11, 2020


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