- A Filipino couple in New Jersey, namely Susana and Alfredo Pabatao, died late last month after a one-week battle with coronavirus disease
- Both healthcare workers died just four days apart at the same hospital in North Bergen
- According to their daughter, Sheryl Pabatao, her parents are actually inseparable
- Sheryl shared “where my dad goes my mom goes, and where my mom goes my dad goes''
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A Filipino couple in New Jersey, both healthcare workers, recently died four days apart at the same hospital due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The couple, Susana and Alfredo Pabatao, died late last month at Hackensack Meridian's Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen after a one-week battle with COVID-19.
According to a report by USA Today, their youngest daughter named Sheryl Pabatao said her parents are actually inseparable.
"My mom and dad are inseparable and where my dad goes my mom goes, and where my mom goes my dad goes,'' Sheryl said in an interview. "That was their fate, to go together."
Sheryl said her mother Susana was a nurse’s assistant at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center while her father Alfredo, 68, could have retired a few years ago as an orderly at Hackensack Meridian but he was waiting until Susana turned 65 later this year so they can retire together.
Alfredo was the first to show COVID-19 symptoms after starting to sneeze. He blamed it on allergies, but the next day had a fever.
A doctor then advised Alfredo to go to Hackensack Meridian, where he was admitted hours later. Sheryl, who also has a fever, went to nearby urgent care center on that same day and got a prescription to be tested for COVID-19.
When Sheryl returned to her parents’ home, she found her mother with a 102-degree fever. Susana resisted going to the hospital, but for the next several days, her temperature did not subside.
Sheryl said she and her mother tried for four days to get tested at a drive-thru screening site in Paramus. The site was plagued with long lines. They rose before sunrise to go to the center but could never get in and every day, Susana seemed weaker, as per Sheryl.
Four days after being admitted to the hospital, Alfredo went into cardiac arrest and was moved to the intensive care unit on March 23.
On March 24, Susana was admitted to the same hospital. She was in a fifth-floor room, while her husband lay on the third floor ICU.
Alfredo would never speak to his wife or the rest of the family again. He died on March 26.
“It was hard for us to accept at that moment what had happened and then I had to tell my mom,’’ USA Today via a Yahoo News article wrote quoting Sheryl.
“I told her Daddy passed away. She stayed quiet on the line." Over the phone, Sheryl could hear the medical equipment in her mother's room "going crazy” and then Susana hung up.
More than 20 minutes later, on another call, Susana told her daughter, “I can’t do this anymore. My lungs hurt and I can’t breathe right now.’’
A few hours later, her Susana collapsed in her hospital room. Doctors intubated her and transferred her to intensive care but she died on March 30.
In a previous report by KAMI, experts recently seen a greater number of men than women suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Sheryl also narrated why her parents are “inseparable.”
Alfredo was the son of a successful clothing retailer while Susana was the daughter of a stableman who tended horses.
They fell in love with each other and against his parent's wishes, they got married in 1976 and later became the parents of five children.
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