The number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 is growing around the world, and according to experts, as the epicentre of the outbreak shifts away from China, it is unlikely that the disease will taper off like SARS did. As the number of COVID-19 cases in the US continues to rise, the pressure on hospitals to treat severely sick patients is growing.
Amidst the preparations being done to tackle a possible massive outbreak, Peter John Dario, who tweets from his handle @peterjohndario penned an emotional post, sharing the loss of his father due to COVID-19. Peter took to the social media site on March 21 and expressed,
My dad died two days ago from COVID19. He died alone because the hospital restricted all visitors in order to contain the outbreak. My deepest regret was not saying bye to him when I brought him to the hospital. I thought it was going to be a ‘Take care, see you back home.’
He used to message me paragraphs on a daily basis. He would get upset at me for not saying bye to him before I leave for work. Now, I wish I could go back in time to make it all up. I guess what I’m trying to say on here is to cherish every moment with your loved ones.
Say hi and bye on a daily basis because life is completely fragile. Take photos and selfies whenever you can because I don’t have many current ones of my dad and I. Also, just make time. When you’re always on the go, it may be hard to slow down, but life hits hard fast.
This is an old pic of my dad and I. It’s my favourite picture of us cause we look hard af lol!
Later Peter said his dad was a diabetic and a dialysis patient. While he was in the hospital, the staff called him a couple of times in a day to let him know how he was doing.
Peter concluded the note by saying,
Thank you for the love and support everyone. I’m not asking for anything, but I urge every single one of you to help the people in the frontlines of all this. Get creative, give back and make someone smile. Peace and love.
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As on date, Peter has pinned the below post on his twitter page, requesting all to ‘Tell Their Story’ and not let their loved ones become just another number. He quotes:
On behalf of my family and I, we would love to say thank you for the kind words and prayers you all have given us. If you look through the post, you will see all types of people from different parts of the world. It makes you wonder “Are they going through it too?”
The answer is yes. We all need love and support. There’s no room for hate or blame. I refused to let my dad become another number on the death toll. I told his story and you all should too. In your language from where you are. Tell your story. #NotAnotherNumber
Social media users could not help, but pour out their empathy and love towards Peter. While the post has been liked by nearly 8.7Lakh users, the same has been retweeted nearly 1.6Lakh times with more 12k comments on the same.
My dad had one of the first American cases of SARS. We were isolated from him, and I also didn’t get to say goodbye. It haunted me far too long in my life, so as you move forward, live your life in a way that would honor him. Then, you never have to say goodbye.My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I know how tough it is to wrap your head around the unexplainable.
He knows. Everything that you didn’t tell him. He knows. He knows that you love him. And he knows everything that you’ve wanted to tell him. Maybe that’s how fathers are. They somehow know everything without you having to tell them. Please don’t blame yourself.
I lost my dad on 17/3 due to COVID19 and he was also all alone. My regret is not being able to visit or talk to him throughout his hospitalization. From one who is healing from this too, i can only encourage u. Be strong and I’m sure he loves you and is proud of you.
As a parent, I can tell you without even a shadow of a doubt, that your dad knew that you love him very much, and he loved you, too. So sorry for your loss. I know you will make your dad proud.
Lost my dad on Tuesday. He was in Chicago. I’m in New Jersey. This is one of the toughest things I’ve ever faced. I don’t have time to hate. None of us do. We have to be there for humanity if we want it to survive.
I’m so deeply sorry. I lost my dad suddenly and couldn’t remember If I’d said I love you before he went to bed that night. It really wrecked me for a long time. I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter. He knew. So did your dad. He knew. May you find comfort in his memory.
Peter, I hope it brings you a tiny semblance of solace to know that we would not have let him die alone. Whether it was his nurse(s), his doctor(s), or anyone else, we would not let someone die alone. Someone was holding his hand as he passed, I promise. I’ve done it before.
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