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Heroic tales of love and care from mom frontliners

When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country, my ward was converted to an isolation ward receiving patients with the symptoms. As a nurse, I was assigned to closely administer the patients and was encouraged not to go home to avoid spreading the disease to our family, Albario said. I was very scared and worried, and I was always thinking about my children at home.

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Mommy Tessa Eusebio, physician. / Photographs courtesy LACTUM

One trait that best defines moms is their being selfless —always ready to make sacrifices for her family and her kids and this is particularly seen during these difficult times where mothers, particularly those in the frontlines, have stepped up to be the first line of defense of both their household and the community.

Honoring their heart for service, Lactum 3+6+ released a campaign tribute that pays gratitude to real-life moms who are at the frontlines, sharing their healing care to their fellow countrymen.

Each of these women have their own motivations that keep them strong amid the crisis, but what they share in common is that they are true models of panalo parenting in these hard times.

Healthcare and medical workers like mommies Milinda Albario, Patricia Vasay and Tessa Eusebio have an important role to fulfill in this health crisis as they are among the first responders in the hospitals and emergency rooms, tending to people confined with symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country, my ward was converted to an isolation ward receiving patients with the symptoms. As a nurse, I was assigned to closely administer the patients and was encouraged not to go home to avoid spreading the disease to our family,” Albario said. “I was very scared and worried, and I was always thinking about my children at home.”

Vasay, meanwhile, was appointed to the pediatric care ward in their emergency room.

“During the first few weeks of the quarantine, I felt proud to be at the pediatric care. But as time went on, I felt frustrated because a lot of my co-workers were getting sick too and I was scared for myself and my son,” Vasay said.

Eusebio, on the other hand, disclosed that she feel scared because one can never really know if they are going to get the virus while at work.

“But one thing that motivates me as a doctor is love for my family and my countrymen. I believe that it is a blessing to be able to do what you love most and be of service to others,” said Eusebio.

Being at the frontlines has lessened the amount of time spent by these moms with their precious kids at home. However, uniforms and duties aside, these strong women recognize that motherhood still comes first and that the safety of their children is their priority.

Mommy Patricia Vasay, pediatrician.

Policewoman Fatima Lanuza reflects on what being a mother means to her, saying that being a mother, it has given her a sense of direction and purpose in life and taught her to be selfless and consider that every decision she makes will affect her children’s future.

Currently, she is assigned at the Minalabac Municipal Police Station and is in charge of ensuring that people stay at home during the quarantine.

She expresses gratitude for her kids for being her source of energy at the frontlines, “My little ones have been refueling me with their love and appreciation. They would send videos of them clapping as a way to thank frontliners. Just seeing them happy and safe at home makes me feel energized.”

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