- Oncologist Dennis Tudtud died on his son’s birthday, March 31, due to COVID-19
- His wife, pathologist Helen Tudtud, died four days earlier, also due to COVID-19
- Their son, Dennis Thomas Tudtud, confirmed the tragic news on his Facebook account
- The grieving son posted that he and his sister Debbie are completely heartbroken over the death of their parents
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An oncologist in Cebu City named Dennis Tudtud passed away on March 31, his son’s birthday, four days after his wife, pathologist Helen Tudtud, died at the age of 66.
Both Dennis and Helen Tudtud died due to COVID-19.
Their son, Dennis Thomas Tudtud, confirmed the tragic news on his Facebook account.
According to the grieving son, he and his sister Debbie are completely heartbroken over the death of their parents.
“Our Daddy Dennis has joined Mommy Helen. My sister and I are in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them but I take comfort that they are happy together in their journey to paradise.
“I will forever miss our Daddy Den’s selflessness. He has always put others before himself. As a father, he gave us everything we needed and wanted. He worked so hard for us. He was happy when he saw us happy. He did everything to put smiles on our faces. He adored my mother. He would give the world to Mommy Helen if it was possible. That was how much he loved our Mommy. He loved his grandchildren. He would play with them and shower them with gifts. He’d carry them to their bedrooms when they were asleep just as he carried us when we were children.
“His selflessness did not stop in our home. As a doctor, he would even pay for the chemotherapy sessions of some of his patients just so their families could spend more years with them. He was generous beyond words could even describe.
“Today is my birthday. It pains me that both my parents are no longer here. I cannot bring them back to life but I can celebrate their lives.
“Please remember my parents, Doctor Dennis Ramon Momongan Tudtud and Doctor Helen Evangelista Tudtud. Please include them in your prayers as they journey together to heaven. Please also pray for those who are still fighting this battle. My parents may have lost but the Lord won two angels.
“My sister and I may never understand why God had to take them both. There are so many questions with no answers. We have a flood of tears. I also ask for your prayers of strength and of acceptance.
“Daddy and Mommy, please watch over us from heaven,” the couple’s son posted on Facebook.
Many doctors, who are frontliners in the country’s battle against COVID-19, have perished due to the virus.
One of the most high-profile doctors who died of the virus is Dr. Sally Gatchalian, former president of the Philippine Pediatric Society. Her sister is actress, comedienne, and “Eat Bulaga” host Ruby Rodriguez.
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