Losing a child is one of the most heartbreaking things a parent could ever experience. But this happened twice to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who lost a 6-year-old daughter to sepsis about 2 years ago, then also lost an 18-year-old daughter to dengue just recently.
Working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Art Tecson Jr. received the most heartbreaking news when his daughter was rushed to the hospital due to dengue.
A brilliant young lady who studies at the Asian College of Technology – Bulacao Campus in Cebu City, Allyza Marie Tecson was determined to graduate from senior high school. Although weak, she even completed some of her school projects while confined at the hospital.
But while Art was still in Saudi, Allyza took a turn for worse.
“During the time (when) she was being revived by the doctors, I had my family put me on video chat so I can see my daughter. I kept saying, lumaban ka anak. Please, wag mong iwan si papa. But then I saw how weak my daughter was and finally said to her, anak give up na tayo. Pahinga ka na,” Art revealed.
“Ang hirap. Kasi, yung hindi ako makatulog nang maayos dahil everytime makakatulog ako ang gulo ng utak ko. Hindi inabot ng one week ang anak ko, bago binawi-an nang buhay.”
Art lost his daughter on March 15, just a few days shy of her Graduation Day. After learning that Allyza would have graduated with High Honors, the grieving dad decided that she would still ‘attend’ the graduation. So, he attended the ceremony, holding her graduation photo he put in a frame.
Together with Allyza’s aunt, his older sister Maureen Tecson Dakay, Art went on stage to receive her diploma and medal. In honor of his late daughter, Art proudly wore her medal – and there was no dry eye at the ceremony at that moment…