- Created on April 28, 2020 6:12 PM
- Last Updated on April 29, 2020 12:16 AM
- April 28, 2020 6:12 PM
Jacklynn Angela Co (施慧靈) of CKS high school batch 2007 works as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse in University College London Hospital (UCLH) in London, England (United Kingdom) since 2018. Prior to this, she had extensive experience working as a ward nurse at the St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC) in Bonifacio Global City.
Just like in the Philippines, this has been the most challenging time for hospitals worldwide. In the ICU where Jacklynn is working, the normal 1:1 nurse-patient ratio in the care of a patient on a mechanical ventilator, the life-support machine for patients who are unable to breathe, has now become 1:2-3. In recent times, UCLH has been admitting patients requiring ventilators non-stop, forcing the hospital to convert its operating rooms, recovery rooms and wards to ICU rooms.
Apart from wearing full PPE gear at work and always practicing strict hand hygiene, Jacklynn has to look after her own health holistically in the face of this adversity, especially since she is living alone in London. To boost her immune system, she eats healthy meals and exercises at home. She makes sure to use social media to contact her family and friends in the Philippines as well, to keep her strong and less homesick. And above all this, she maintains her faith in God thru the power of prayer.
While pandemics like COVID-19 only happens once every century throughout history, she believes that it will come to pass and for her, it is a blessing to be able to help save lives during these unprecedented times.
She recalls being a CKS track and field and basketball student-athlete for 6 years, which honed her discipline, persistence, patience, and resilience.
The daughter of retired CKS College office staff Angelita Co, Jacklynn has only this message to say: "I am proud and thankful to fellow CKSian frontliners on duty saving lives. But as a matter of fact, each one of you are the real frontliners. Preventing the spread of the virus in the community is the FIRST LINE of defense. By staying at home, you save more lives. Let us stop Covid-19 together!"
Thank you, Jacklynn and keep safe there always!