Cebuano oncologist succumbs to Covid-19

CEBU. Dr. Dennis Tudtud (Photo from Chong Hua Hospital's website)

ONCOLOGIST Dennis Tudtud of Talamban, Cebu City passed away Tuesday, March 31, his son's birthday, and just four days after the death of his wife, pathologist Helen Tudtud, due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The couple's son, Dennis Thomas Tudtud, confirmed this in his Facebook post Tuesday, March 31, 2020, saying he and his sister, Debbie, are "in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them."

"Today is my birthday. It pains me that both my parents are no longer here. I cannot bring them back to life but I can celebrate their lives," he said.

Dr. Helen, 66, died of Covid-19 late Friday evening, March 27, or 11 days after she was admitted to Perpetual Succor Hospital.

"Our Daddy Dennis has joined Mommy Helen. My sister and I are in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them but I take comfort that they are happy together in their journey to paradise," Dennis Thomas said.

He said his father was a selfless man, as "he has always put others before himself."

"As a doctor, he would even pay for the chemotherapy sessions of some of his patients just so their families could spend more years with them. He was generous beyond words could even describe," he said.

He also recalled how his father loved them and Dr. Helen.

"As a father, he gave us everything we needed and wanted. He worked so hard for us. He was happy when he saw us happy. He did everything to put smiles on our faces," he said.

"He adored my mother. He would give the world to Mommy Helen if it was possible. That was how much he loved our Mommy. He loved his grandchildren. He would play with them and shower them with gifts. He’d carry them to their bedrooms when they were asleep just as he carried us when we were children," he added.

Dennis Thomas, whose birthday is Tuesday, March 31, asked for prayers for those who are still fighting against Covid-19.

"Please remember my parents, Doctor Dennis Ramon Momongan Tudtud and Doctor Helen Evangelista Tudtud. Please include them in your prayers as they journey together to heaven. Please also pray for those who are still fighting this battle. My parents may have lost but the Lord won two angels," he added. (WBS)


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