Agutaya archipelago doctor who cared for 13,000 people on her own

2023-06-09 23:41:45  • 11 mins

By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

in Agutaya and Manila

When 99-year-old Eleuthera Abus lifts her right arm, she winces as the broken bones move. It's been six months since her fall.

"All I can do is manage her pain," says Alena Yap, the 28-year-old doctor who is examining her on her porch. "She really needs to have the bone pinned. But the family is refusing to take her to hospital."

Eleuthera's daughters are not heartless. They are poor.

The nearest surgical facility is hundreds of miles away across the sea from the tiny island of Diit where they live. It's one of a cluster of islands that make up the Agutaya archipelago, stranded in the middle of the Philippines' Sulu Sea.

For the 13,000 or so people who live here, Dr Alena, as they call her, is the only doctor. Petite, with glasses and long hair tied back in a ponytail, she always wears a broad smile that masks quiet determination.

There is only one island in the archipelago she does not visit - Amanpulo, named after the luxury resort on it, which has reportedly hosted Tom Cruise and Beyonc. On a clear day, it's visible from the beaches of Diit, just 20km (12 miles) away.

Continue read on

HARDIN, Mont. (AP) Yolanda Fraser is back near a ragged chain-link fence, blinking through tears as she tidies up flowers and ribbons and a pinwheel twirls...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Shohei Ohtani 's elbow surgery on Tuesday went well, Los Angeles manager Phi Nevin said. The Angels' two-way star is expected to be...
2023-09-20 21:48:41  • 1 min
Community health workers put in long hours to protect people in developing countries from diseases such as malaria, Covid-19 and H.I.V. But most are...
Logo The New York TimesThe New York Times
2023-09-21 09:00:30  • 1 min
By Wedaeli Chibelushi BBC News A student has cycled 4,000km (2,500 miles) across West Africa, enduring arrests and blazing heat, for a spot at his dream...
2023-09-20 17:49:50  • 1 min
Public health and legal experts have expressed disappointment at the narrow scope of the covid-19 inquiry, with the Australian Medical Association president,...
Logo The GuardianThe Guardian
2023-09-21 07:06:21  • 1 min
By Ysuf Aknpl BBC News, Lagos Hundreds of fans of Afrobeats star MohBad, who died last week, have taken to the streets of Ibadan and Asaba in Nigeria,...
2023-09-20 13:51:54  • 1 min
Emma Raducanu has revealed she will be sidelined for the remainder of the year. The 20-year-old Briton was forced to miss the recent US Open, as well as the...
Logo Daily MailDaily Mail
2023-09-21 05:45:38  • 1 min
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani had elbow surgery Tuesday, and his doctor said he expects the two-way star will be available...
By Linzi Lima BBC News NI The sister of a Muckamore patient has said she was told to "get a life" after raising concerns that her brother was being abused...
2023-09-20 16:28:51  • 1 min
HENRICO, Va. (AP) The family of a man who died while handcuffed and pinned to the floor for about 11 minutes as he was being admitted to a Virginia...
Apoorva Mehta is a billionaire, thanks to Instacart's IPO. But, before the grocery delivery startup took off, he tried and failed with 20 other businesses.
2023-09-20 18:23:52  • 1 min
Club America defender Nestor Araujo will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 Liga MX Apertura after suffering a rupture of the lateral collateral...
Logo 90min90min
2023-09-20 21:45:58  • 1 min
Raducanu's last match was a 6-2 6-1 defeat by Jelena Ostapenko in Stuttgart in April Britain's Emma Raducanu says she will make her return to tennis next...
2023-09-20 18:18:52  • 1 min
Fintel reports that on September 20, 2023, Needham reiterated coverage of Taysha Gene Therapies ( NASDAQ:TSHA ) with a Buy recommendation. Analyst Price...
Logo NasdaqNasdaq
2023-09-21 01:08:19  • 1 min
An Oxford-educated junior doctor has been banned from treating patients after he was caught moonlighting at a private cosmetic surgery clinic whilst...
Shohei Ohtani has been one of the main topics of baseball conversations ever since he stepped on to an MLB field in 2018. As of late, he's been the primary...
Logo MarcaMarca
2023-09-19 22:54:30  • 1 min
Former White House top doctor Anthony Fauci netted $2 million in earnings during the Covid pandemic, records show. A Freedom of Information Act request filed...
Logo Daily MailDaily Mail
2023-09-19 15:42:42  • 1 min
Anthony Albanese has announced a Covid-19 inquiry to consider commonwealth responses to the pandemic but excluding actions taken unilaterally by state and...
Logo The GuardianThe Guardian
2023-09-21 01:13:11  • 1 min
One of Australia's top doctors has exposed the major flaw with the newly-announced inquiry into the state, territory and federal governments' response to the...
Logo Daily MailDaily Mail
2023-09-21 04:17:53  • 1 min
The Minnesota Twins placed shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The two-time All-Star had...
2023-09-20 16:12:50  • 1 min