34-Weeks Pregnant Nurse Continues Her Duty Amid COVID-19

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A 34-weeks pregnant nurse in Quezon has inspired many as she continues to attend her duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

34-Weeks Pregnant Nurse Continues Her Duty Amid COVID-19
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Karmi Erika Cariaso-Abunan, 33-year-old, is a nurse at a hospital in Quezon City.

According to her, when Metro Manila was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), all her relatives told her to stop reporting to work at the time.

She responded with the call of her relatives but eventually, she decided to return to work, with permission from her husband.

“Nakikita ko na need ng staff sa hospital. And mas magiging happy ako working and fighting with them,” she cited as the reason.

She noted that reporting to work and ramping a 16-hour shift is extra challenging for her apart, aside from she’s pregnant, she also needs to wear a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

But the hospital has given her some considerations since she’s pregnant for 34 weeks or almost 8 months already.

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Based on the article published by PEP.ph, she’s also cautious whenever she came home from her workplace considering her senior family members and her kids, a 7-year-old named Tinker and Tensi, a 12-year-old, who’s asthmatic.

When asked what motivates her to continue attending her duties as a nurse, she said: “Tuwing lalakad ako papalapit sa hospital, may feeling na nababalutan ka ng lakas, na kaya mo at uuwi ka na ligtas pa rin.”

“‘Pag health worker ka ata at iyon ang passion mo, mawawala talaga ang takot mo,” she added.

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