A FILIPINO-American nurse who is working as a frontliner in the United States amid the Covid-19 pandemic received a brand new car from American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Flor Maylyn Roz, who is originally from Iligan City in Mindanao, said the gift was a surprise. She did not expect that she would receive a sport utility vehicle from the host whom she has been a fan of since she was a kid.
She said her experience of being a part of DeGeneres’ 12 days of Giveaways this season started when someone messaged her that they were doing an interview for the fans of DeGeneres who are frontliners.
At first, she said, she found it sketchy knowing that she does not have many followers on social media.
“I have zero engagement on my profile and then this person reached out to me. I was like, it’s really sketchy,” she said in an exclusive interview aired at SunStar Tonight, SunStar Cebu’s weeknight newscast aired on Facebook, last Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
Roz said they then exchanged emails that led to a Zoom meeting. She was then asked about her personal life as a nurse for which she shared her experience of contracting Covid-19 back in March 2020 because of her work.
“I thought there was a lot us and then she suddenly came here to do an interview like to do a one-on-one interview and then after that, as you see on the show, I did not expect that in the middle of the interview someone is gonna be honking outside the gate and I didn’t know that was Ellen,” she said.
Roz, who left the Philippines for a vacation in Los Angeles in 2013 before she applied for residency, is now working in a skilled nursing facility in the U.S. She takes care of patients who have terminal diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other residents who had been sent to them because the family can’t take care of them anymore.
Fifty percent of her co-workers are Filipinos, she said.
Like other nurses who directly handled Covid-19 patients, Roz was also not spared from the virus.
Her isolation days, when she tested positive for the virus last March, was the “darkest” time of her life since she has a six-month-old son who also needed her.
She, however, said she remains grateful for being there for her patients especially those who couldn’t have visitors.
She encouraged those who have families working abroad to express their love and appreciation to their loved ones who are trying to survive the day-to-day hardships in a country foreign to them. (WBS)