81-year-old Filipino doctor fallen to COVID-19 remembered for hard work ethic

LAS VEGAS, NV — The Silver State of Nevada has reported about 6,500 COVID-19 cases, with at least 339 deaths as of May 15.

One of the fatalities is 81-year-old Dr. Arthur Tayengco, a Fil-Am ob-gyn practitioner in Las Vegas.

Dr. Tayengco’s daughter Michele remembered her dad’s passion for medicine, while managing to be a devoted family man.

“When there’s a really important thing like a dance recital he definitely took the time and called out and have somebody cover for him so that he could be there for those important family things.”

Dr. Tayengco was born and raised in Iloilo, Philippines. Michelle said her dad has so many fond memories of his childhood in the province. But he always dreamt of becoming a doctor and devoted his life to medicine, until COVID-19 took his life away.

Michelle said he started to feel sick last March 26 — and eventually died on April 22.

“I kept asking him don’t you want to retire, sleep through the night, he was like: I’m not done yet. I still have things to do, so he just kept on going. He was a little spitfire.”

Michelle shared how her father may have been infected with the virus.

“First his front office staff tested positive, which meant somehow it wandered into the office and then he tested positive. We assumed its something within the office. But being the workaholic he was, he also practiced at the women’s prison in north Las Vegas. Maybe something from there we don’t know but that’s also a hot spot.”

Because of the lockdown, the Tayengco family has yet to hold an interment service for Dr. Tayengco.

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