A few days ago, singer Yeng Constantino took to social media to talk about her husband’s accident in Siargao. According to her Facebook post, her husband Yan Asuncion jumped from a diving spot in Sugba Lagoon, got into an accident, then suffered from memory loss.
“After ng impact nagka-memory loss siya. 'Di niya maalala kung nasaan kami, paano kami nakapunta sa Siargao, at saan kami nagse-stay. Ang pinakanakakatakot para sa akin [ay] nung tinanong na niya kung anong taon ngayon. 'Di niya maalala. Pinilit kong ikalma sarili ko,” Yeng shared.
Yeng and Yan ended up at Dapa Siargao Hospital, and Yeng was put off by what she saw. She said the x-ray didn’t have an operator, that they waited two hours for an operator, and the scanner that was supposed to check for brain hemorrhage didn’t have a charged battery.
All these are reasonable complaints, which Yeng urged the government to address—and rightly so.
However, she’s getting called out for shaming the doctor assigned to her husband. On Facebook and YouTube, Yeng had named the doctor, showed the doctor’s photo, and criticized her for allegedly lacking compassion and urgency.
People on Twitter, especially med students and professionals, were outraged by that.
Arjo De Castro, MD wrote, “Doctors can only do so much in an equipment-limited hospital. We don’t do miracles. To everyone, STOP doctor-shaming! We were trained to remain calm in emergency situations, so please don’t expect us to panic with you.”
A med student who was in the same hospital as Yeng said, “I saw firsthand how the doctor and staff in Dapa District Hospital did their best to give appropriate care to your husband, despite [the] lack of manpower and facilities. I understand you are frustrated [because] you are not used to a setting with limited health services.”
“Pero please,” the student continued, “inasikaso po kayo sa best na makakaya ng staff doon. Ginawa po ang tests na hinihingi ninyo kahit sa tingin ng mga doktor ay hindi kailangan. Nagsikap po na gumawa ng paraan kahit kulang sila sa tao at pasilidad.
“May mga kakulangan man, hindi po solusyon na pahiyain niyo ang doktor, staff, at opsital doon sa social media. Hindi po nakakatulong sa morale [ng] doktor, staff ng hospital na nagsisilbi doon, bagamat mababa ang sweldo at understaffed.
“Isa pa po, hindi kayo nagpaalam sa amin na ivo-vlog ninyo kami, pero isinama niyo kami sa video na pinost niyo. ‘Di ko po inakala na nakuha niyo pa palang mag-vlog habang nandoon tayo sa loob ng x-ray room kahit na sabi niyo ay grabe ang pag-aalala ninyo.”
As for Yan, Yeng said she's grateful he didn't suffer from hemorrhage and there was no blood clot in the brain.