Man found unconscious in sidewalk dies

The unidentified sickly man who was found by a netizen spitting out blood while lying in a sidewalk before becoming unconscious has died.

Myh Lapid, a teacher from Pasay, posted pictures of the man last Wednesday, June 3, and called out several people on Facebook including the head of the local office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to extend assistance.

In her post, she said they brought the man to the Emergency Room of the Pasay City General Hospital.

The following day, her status post indicated that the man already passed away.

"Eternal rest grant unto the soul of kuya O lord and let your perpertual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace with You Father. AMEN," Lapid posted.

"Mahirap man po ang naging buhay niyo Kuya...hindi na namin naitanong ang identity nyo kahapon at wala nang malay, sana'y maging mayaman ka sa pagmamahal at kaibigan jan sa kabilang buhay [Even though you had a difficult life...we were not able to know your identity yesterday because you were unconscious, we hope you will be abundant with love and friends in your eternal life.]

Lapid then thanked the PCGH and DSWD for their help.

Based on the litter—spoiled food and different plastic bottles, cups and cans—beside him when he was found unconscious, netizens said they believe the man might have suffered food poisoning.

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On a side note, a dear friend of mine (a doctor) shared her thoughts on why this happens in our society. She posted:

There are a lot of street-dwellers who are obviously sick. But more often than not, nobody wants to bring them to a hospital for several reasons.

For one, the good samaritan becomes the default guardian up until a relative arrives, and would not be allowed to leave. This is some sort of a "hostage" of the samaritan.

On the healthcare worker's part though, it's hard to take responsibility of somebody when the hospital has no provision for indigent patients. I guess 90% of all hospitals have no special budget for those with no money at all for treatment...even government institutions.

So like this man, the cause of death is really poverty. Kudos to the compassionate individual who brought him to Pasay City Gen... he will surely reserve a space for you in heaven.