Pinoy expat Francis Naratefeliciano, an executive in a multinational company, has no idea how he contracted COVID-19. A taekwondo black belt expert, the Filipino expat was already in respiratory distress when he rushed to the hospital.
Dr Hayder Matouk, consultant Intensivist and head of the ICU at Canadian Hospital Dubai, told Gulf News: “Francis’ case has been one of the most challenging for us. This patient came in a taxi on April 14, complaining of dry cough, fever and fatigue. He had been to two other hospitals a couple of days ago and had been treated and discharged. He had not been tested for COVID- 19. However, seeing his symptoms, we immediately took his nasal swab and even before the reports, started all COVID protocols, as he was showing classic symptoms.”