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    Young doctor recovers from COVID-19, promises to return as frontliner

    MANILA, Philippines – The young doctor who had recently gone viral is on her way to full recovery. She promised to return as frontliner in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    Dr. Carmina Fuentebella celebrates 27th birthday

    Dr. Carmina Fuentebella celebrates 27th birthday
    Dr. Carmina Fuentebella celebrates 27th birthday | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Dr. Carmina Fuentebella

    Netizens extended their prayers to Dr. Carmina Fuentebella, the resident physician at University of Santo Tomas (UST) who was fighting for her life due to COVID-19.

    READPrayers pour in for 26-year-old doctor fighting for her life due to COVID-19

    After weeks of treatment, Fuentebella finally posted a smiling photo of herself on the way to recovery. She said she celebrated her 27th birthday with the best gift ever.

    She wrote, "Today, April 24, 2020, I celebrate my 27th birthday with probably the best gift yet—the gift of life."

    Fuentebella continued to share how difficult her journey was to recover from coronavirus.

    "These past couple of weeks have been really tough for me, but I could only imagine how much harder it has been for everyone else. It took me quite a while to fully comprehend what I just went through, but I’m really grateful to everyone who has been with me all the way,"

    She went on to thank everyone who went out of their way to show their support during the difficult times.

    Fuentebella said, "To all my consultants, fellows, co-residents, nurses, family, words cannot express how thankful I am for all of you. For going out of your way to see if I was still breathing, for staying up countless nights to make sure I was still mentally okay, for enduring with me through every step of this hardship, and for all the things you did I was too sick to even know—from the bottom of my heart, I really really thank you."

    Dr. Fuentebella celebrates 27th birthday
    Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Dr. Carmina Fuentebella

    "To my friends, and to everyone who generously offered me their love and countless prayers, although I may not be able to personally thank every single one of you, please know that I am eternally grateful for the overwhelming support you all have given me," she added.

    The resident doctor said it was the show of support from others that helped her fight more. She confirmed that she's now on her way to recovery and will be more cautious next time.

    "It felt like a dead end, but through everyone’s efforts and prayers I’m finally on my way to full recovery. I may be down, but rest assured that I will come back and once again battle at the frontlines—stronger and maybe a *little bit* more careful than before. It is, and it will always be an honor for me to train and serve under USTH," she said.

    Fuentebella also gave a shout out to all the frontliners who continue to risk their lives in the fight against coronavirus.

    "Finally, to all my fellow frontliners, I pray you all remain safe as this pandemic continues to wreak havoc. We still have a long way to go, but I hope we can all stay healthy as we try to defeat this virus," she said.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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