A young medical intern in the Philippines remained calm when he found out the health center was closed and a birthing mother needed attention. He successfully assisted the mother in giving birth, drawing praises from the internet. He said that the “kind words are what the frontliners need to hear today.”
Francis Derrick Alcantara shared his experience in his humble post. He initially did not want to comment on the viral video that captured his heroic act. But he explained, “Maybe I deserve this small win even for just a day.”
Francis or Kankan, as his friends call him, thought his day would go on ordinarily. He started his morning with a bike ride with friends and took a nap before finishing a report he would present in the afternoon.
However, he was startled when a commotion happened outside. Apparently, Kankan lived across the local health center. A mother in labor pains was laying at the door of the closed health office. It had been closed due to lockdown amid the pandemic.
He thought the situation was already under control so he went out outside just out of curiosity. But his friend who worked in the office took him to the scene, saying in relief that they finally have a doctor.
That’s when Kankan realized that there was no medical expert around to assist. Kankan immediately did what needed to be done. The limited medical supplies provided by the ambulance were his only materials. Nevertheless, the aspiring doctor successfully helped the mother deliver her baby. Both of them are healthy and fine. The mother and her husband were very grateful to Kankan. They were then sent to another health center.
People were amazed and praised Kankan for his bravery. But according to Kankan, people should be more amazed by the medical workers who are risking their lives every day. “Thank you for the kind words. Words that the frontliners deserve to hear,” he said.
“People were amazed by me because I assisted a woman in giving birth, but they should be more amazed by our healthcare workers who have been and are continually battling covid on the front lines. It is unfortunate that no one is there to take photos of what they go through day in and day out. Believe me, it’s a hundred times more heroic than my photos circulating online.”