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Video of Nurse Serenading Hospital Patients to Boost Their Spirits Earns Praises Online

A dedicated nurse at Medical City South Luzon in Sta. Rosa, Laguna serenades hospital patients to buoy up their spirits.

A lady netizen named Madeleine Almendras has shared the video footage of her fellow nurse identified as Krystel Honorio while serenading patient named Anthony who is battling with COVID-19.

In the video, it can be seen that the male patient is playing guitar while the health worker is singing to the song “Grow Old With You”. After singing the song, Krystel borrowed the guitar and started to play and serenade the patient.

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Almendras noticed that her patient is sad so she think a way to make him happy. Medeleine called Honorio and asked her to sing a song for Anthony who is a music enthusiast who knows how to play musical instruments such as guitar and piano.

The concerned hospital employee revealed that health workers have been doing this since the coronavirus pandemic started. She explained that those simple acts could help patients feel better amid the health crisis.

“Yung struggles nila sa Covid hindi madali lalo na po when it comes po sa maseparate sila sa family, yung hindi nila nakikita. Napakalaking impact po noon sa pasyente,” Almendras said.

The health worker also explained that frontliners like her were taking good care of their patients and making constant communications with them as well listening to their stories.

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The Facebook page of Medical City South Luzon has reported the video and give further information:

After 19 months of this pandemic, the battle against COVID-19 has only become fiercer. At The Medical City South Luzon (TMCSL), healthcare workers are pushed to their limits both physically and mentally. The Complex of Hope, TMCSLs separate COVID facility with a total capacity of 24 beds, has already been inadequate to accommodate the deluge of desparate patients seeking medical attention. This has forced the hospital to convert it’s entire Emergency Room complex into a COVID-19 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) adding 12 more beds.

Anxious and even desparate patients, most of them critically ill, go through an ordeal of finding a hospital to accept them. As one patient narrated, “I have been hopping from one hospital to another, struggling with increasingly labored breathing as my condition rapidly deteriorated. But I was repeatedly turned away because all of them were already at full capacity. Thank God that TMCSL found a way to accommodate me in their converted ER-ICU. With COVID, you’re not just battling the disease. You’re also battling the fear of leaving your family behind. Those that depend on you and those whom you love. There is so much time, while lying in bed fighting for dear life, for you to reflect and regret. Loneliness easily creeps in and can overwhelm. I was already in that state when I was serenaded by one of the staff members whom I later found out was a nurse. That encounter buoyed up my spirits, somehow renewed my hope and give me the strength to fight on. MUSIC indeed heals.

“In the pervasive frantic and depressing aura of a COVID facility, frontliners and patients share heartwarming moments like this.” says Dr. Cesar Espiritu, TMCSL President & CEO. He adds, “Moments like this build a valuable healing bond between caregivers and the sick. The shared hope and love that exudes during these times provide strength to both.””

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