Filipina Nun Who Worked in India Dies in Spain Due to Coronavirus
FILIPINA – The Filipina Benedictine nun, Maria Gratia Balagot, died in Spain died due to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
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Based on a report from ABS-CBN News, a Pinay nun named Maria Gratia Balagot died in Spain due to coronavirus. The sad news was announced by her Benedictine congregation.
She served as a superior missionary in India but she went to Spain to renew her Visa that will expire this month. The nun died at the age of 71.
On March 22, the Filipina nun was rushed to a hospital and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Balagot was transferred to the ICU and later tested positive for COVID-19. She was able to talk to her 2 brothers who currently live in Barcelona over the phone before she succumbed to coronavirus.
“Nakakausap namin siya. Pero mahinang-mahina. Isang minuto lang. Pagod na pagod na ako, sabi niya,” her brother Patrito said.
According to the report, the nun’s brothers lamented that they could not be with her right now due to the virus. Randy, her other brother said they will give her a proper burial when the restriction and lockdown get lifted.
“Hindi man lamang namin siya nasamahan noong kinailangan niya kami,” he said.
Based on the report, Maria Gratia Balagot is from La Union. She was a religion teacher, catechist. She’s ‘Samahan ng mga Migranteng Pilipino sa Barcelona’ (SMPB) first president.
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