Sudden Death

As late as 10 o’clock in the evening on May 18, 2008 that we received an emergency call from our aunt in Davao Doctors Hospital telling us that our grandfather had his first cardiac arrest for almost 20 minutes. Shocked. We – our family here in Trento, Agusan del Sur do not really know what to do by that very evening but to have our usual healing rosary prayer.

By then, my aunt, who’s living with us, and I immediately rushed to Davao City and arrived at around 3:00 o’clock in the morning of May 19 in DDH.

Staring at my sleeping lolo (grandfather) in the ICU/CCU department where a lot of medical electric apparatus had been connected to him, tears just unnoticedly fell. I then asked myself why you lolo?

For almost 6 hours, we were happy enough that my lolo’s heart did not just readily arrested. But, by 8:30 in the morning, our gladness just dropped off when the medical quick team called us telling that there could be no hope for our lolo to recover because he had his fourth cardiac arrest at that moment. I was the one whom the medical team were talking to since my aunts just stayed outside the ICU/CCU complex. They also told me that my lolo’s heart just continued to pump because of the medicines they were giving and it was already in the maximum dosage. And if they would stop giving medicines for him, my lolo will not breathe anymore.

After his fourth cardiac arrest, his heart became stable but just only for 15 minutes. And he then had his fifth arrest. By that time, I still told to the medical team not to stop doing the CPR and providing medicines to my lolo because I was still hoping that he could recover. Again, after minutes, he became stable but at around 9:20 in the morning, his sixth arrest which lasted to an hour made us decide to stop and remove the apparatus in his body.

He was declared dead by then :c

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