Ambassador to the Philippines calls for protection of key workers after 13% of deaths from Covid-19 were Filipino
These are the verified names of 23 Filipino workers in the UK health and care services who died of coronavirus.
John Alagos, nurse
The 27-year-old nurse treated coronavirus patients at Watford General Hospital. His mother, Gina Gustilo, told the Mail on Sunday that he fell ill during a 12-hour shift, but did not leave work early. He died on April 3.
Elvira Bucu, healthcare assistant
Ms. Bucu, based at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, died on April 3. A statement from the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said her colleagues described her as a “ray of sunshine.”
Donald Suelto, nurse
The 51-year-old, who worked at Hammersmith Hospital in West London, died on April 7 after self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.
Leilani Dayrit, nurse
Described as a “ray of sunshine,” Mrs. Dayrit, a Filipino nurse who worked at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, died on April 7.
Amor Gatinao, nurse
The nurse is said to have died on April 10 in the morning after working at St Charles Hospital in West London.
Oscar King Jr, hospital doorman
Oscar King Jr, a Filipino doorman at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, died on April 11 at the age of 45. He is said to have worked for the hospital for over a decade, “always doing his job with great enthusiasm and joy.”
Elbert Rico, hospital doorman
A colleague of Oscar King Jr at John Radcliffe, Mr. Rico has worked there as a doorman since moving to the UK from the Philippines in 2004 “ and loved the work he did, ” according to a fundraising page published by his family.
Melujean Ballesteros, nurse
The ‘committed and very caring’ Filipino nurse, 60, died on April 12 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, just two days after she was admitted.
Leilani Medel, nurse
Ms. Medel, who worked as a nurse in South Wales, has been described as a “wonderful and caring person.”
Her employer, Cardiff-based Hoop Recruitment, said, “The nursing profession has lost a warm and beautiful nurse who cared for so many vulnerable people during her nursing career.”
Dental nurse Linnette Cruz, 51, worked in the Brynteg dental practice in Sketty
Linnette Cruz, dental nurse
The 51-year-old senior lead nurse at Brynteg’s dental practice in Sketty died on April 14 and was hospitalized with Covid-19 in March, according to NHS Wales.
Brynteg practice owner Nik Patel said, “She brought love, light and joy to everyone around her and will unfortunately be missed by everyone.”
Ruben Munoz showed NHS Trust with his colleagues from Surrey and Sussex
Ruben Munoz, nursing assistant
Ruben Munoz, father of two and a nursing assistant at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust for a decade, died on April 17.
Jenelyn Carter, healthcare assistant
Ms. Carter worked in the admission ward of Morriston Hospital and was loved by all of her colleagues and patients, said the Swansea Bay University Health Board.
Ate Wilma Banaag, nurse
Ms. Banaag, a nurse and mother of three, has worked at Watford General Hospital for almost two decades since arriving in the UK in January 2001.
A fundraiser, set up in her memory, said that she “worked so hard until her last working days” when she contracted the virus.
Emelita Hurboda, nurse
Ms. Hurboda, a self-employed nurse in Nottingham, “made sacrifices to work abroad and moved to the UK to provide a better life and education for her family.”
Larni Zuniga, nursing home nurse
Zuniga, who received his British citizenship in February, died on April 24 at the age of 54 at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.
After arriving in the UK 12 years ago in an effort to give his family a better life, he worked in a Surrey Hills nursing home in Godalming, according to a friend.
Elma Cavalida, maternity nurse
The ‘bubbly’ and ‘friendly’ maternity nurse worked at Northwick Park Hospital, northwest London, and died on April 26 after contracting Covid-19.
She arrived in England from the Philippines 10 years ago, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her husband.
Julius Sana, health care worker
40-year-old Sana fell ill with Covid-19 while working in a private hospital that cares for people with neurodegenerative diseases in Newport, South Wales. He died on April 26.
Kenneth Lambatan, nurse cardiology
Mr. Lambatan was only 33 years old when he died on April 27 after entering into Covid-19 and was “an extraordinary person, son, brother, nurse, colleague and friend,” according to a GoFundMe page posted in his memory .
St George’s Hospital, London, where he worked, said he was ‘described as a’ real pearl ‘by those who knew him well.’
Eleuterio Gibela, 68, was known to his colleagues at Blackpool Hospital as Boy
Eleuterio Gibela, housekeeper
The father of two, known to colleagues as Boy, died on Saturday May 2 after a positive test for the virus.
The 68-year-old and ‘true gentleman’ worked in domestic services at Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust for nearly 20 years.
Jennie Sablayan, hematology nurse
Ms. Sablayan was described as a “beloved specialist” who trained in the Philippines before joining University College London Hospital in 2002. A GoFundMe, founded in memory, said she passed away on May 5.
Health Assistant Norman Austria, 61
Norman Austria, healthcare assistant
The 61-year-old healthcare assistant from the Philippines has been described as a ‘highly valued’ member of his ward.
Derby and Burton University Hospitals said he regularly sang the song You Are My Sunshine to calm and reassure vulnerable patients.
Austrian widow Shirley said, “Norman was a very sweet, caring and responsible person. We were married for 40 years and he was a wonderful husband. He was very proud of his family and loved his children and grandchildren very much. ‘
Lalaine Lopez Pesario, nursing home employee
Lalaine Lopez Pesario was a rescuer who died on May 3 with Covid-19.
“Lalaine was a kind, caring person and a committed nurse as well. Her sudden loss had a profoundly sad impact on our home and the rest of the community. She was compassionate and treated everyone with extra care and love. She brought light to our home because she loved to dance and sing, “said Yolanda Jones, director of Mumbles Nursing Home, according to ITV.
Jun Terre, healthcare assistant
Jun Terre, 52, died on May 14 and was said to be “a gracious, calm and kind gentleman with a smile that lights up a room,” said Neil Macdonald, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Director.