Former SMB player Mustre fights COVID-19 in UK as frontliner

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 16, 2020 05:42 PM
Former SMB player Mustre fights COVID-19 in UK as frontliner
(Photo: Mike Mustre Facebook account)

Former San Miguel Beer player Mike Mustre is doing his share in the fight against the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a health worker based  in the United Kingdom.

In an interview on ANC, the five-time PBA champion said that he and her wife, also a health worker, risk their lives every day to help nurse COVID-positive patients. The UK has almost 98,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 12,800 fatalities.

Mustre, who played for the Beermen from 1995 to 2002, works as an operating room healthcare assistant in the neuro department (spine and brain) of the St. George’s University Hospital in London.     

“Sa ngayon maraming mga COVID patients talaga, dumadami,” said the 1993 PBA Draft ninth overall pick of Sta. Lucia. “Pero sa side ko kasi nasa (neuro) theatre ako pero ang mga patient kasi bago pumasok ‘yan sa theatre ini-swab na nila ‘yan.”

“So kung na-negative man or na-positve pareho lang ang treatment namin na positive talaga,” he added. “So lahat kami naka-full gear na talaga para safety sa lahat ng staff.”

Although he is assigned to the neuro surgery department, Mustre also gets direct contact with COVID patients.  

“Direct din kasi kami sa pasyente. Kapag dinala sa loob ang pasyente hahawakan mo pa rin kasi ililipat mo sa table para operahan,” said Mustre, whose wife is assigned in the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital.

“Like kagaya last week mayroon kaming emergency, COVID patient siya,” the 52-year-old Letran product continued. “May blood clot ang brain niya so tinanggal. Talagang direct kami sa COVID patients.”

Mustre said that he has a very risky job especially in the current situation of the pandemic and has to be is extra cautious all the time.     

“Siyempre may takot din talaga,” he admitted. “Kasi di mo alam sino ang kalaban. Ngayon kung na-meet mo ang isang tao na akala mo wala pero sa sunod na araw positive pala. So doble ingat talaga.”

Learning to embrace the vocation he chose since 2011 after leaving the country in 2007, Mustre, if given a chance, would like to take a nursing or a medicine course.

“To be honest mas gusto ko makabalik na mag-aral ng nursing or medicine man kasi ‘yun walang katapusan. Kasi makatulong pa ako sa mga taong may sakit,” he said. “Sa basketball hindi habambuhay. At least ito makapagtapos ka ng nursing o medicine man habambuhay na.” 

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