A 44-year-old utility worker at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute got hit by a speeding motorcycle while she was crossing the street to report for work. She was a few meters away from NKTI. Concerned pedestrian rushed the bleeding woman to the emergency room. The brain injury was so extensive it left the woman brain-dead three hours after. The eldest daughter was aware of her mom’s predicament. The ER staff could no longer save the woman or prolong her life a bit. The woman worked for the institute for more than 10 years and within that period her daughter knew how her mother empathize with patients of the institute. So she agreed to give her mom’s organs to whoever was in need. The mother leaves a legacy of two lives. Two persons will live a normal life because of the woman’s kidneys.
In 2006, NKTI recognized the “heroism” of Filipinos for their magnanimous acts of saving lives. The institute started raising funds to help the donor families. These donors have helped others at the time of death.
I feel a little nostalgic today so I’m reposting one of my old entries about my great granddad. I found out that my great-grandfather, Julio Lauriaga, was part of the first wave of Filipino immigrants to Hawaii. It was in 2015 when I found a Facebook page (unfortunately it was no longer available) which helps one find his relatives who may have worked in Hawaii in 1900s.
According to stories, my maternal great-grandfather, who originated from San Miguel, Bulacan, was a stowaway. He reportedly boarded a ship bound for Hawaii. He later married a native Hawaiian woman and bore four children. My great-grandfather supported his family by working as supervisor at a vast pineapple plantation. They said he was a hardworking man. He would supervise the plantation every morning. My great-grandfather thought he would stay in Hawaii for the better. But he met an accident that left him badly injured.
He decided to go back to the Philippines with his four young children in tow. He died not long after. There were sketchy information about the real cause of his death and the reason for leaving his wife or ex-wife in Hawaii…
From the said FB page, I found Filipino Worker #102 named Julio Lauriaga – My great-grandfather.
I clicked on the FB link to verify if there are records to prove that my great-grandfather has worked in Hawaii.
I visited the site and searched the old man’s name. His name was on the list indeed..
Side note: My maternal grandmother and her siblings would have qualified for US citizenship if their relatives have successfully located any surviving relatives and documents that could prove they were born in Hawaii between 1910 to 1920.