Young Doctor Dies Of COVID-19 After Postponing Wedding To Be On The Frontlines

They had planned to get married on 11 April before the outbreak occurred.

Cover image via Instagram @mikemarampe

A young Indonesian doctor's death due to COVID-19 has left many devastated, especially after he had postponed his wedding to serve on the frontlines

The doctor, Michael Robert Marampe from North Sulawesi, had planned to get married to long-time girlfriend and fiancee, Tri Novia Septiani, on 11 April before the outbreak occurred.

The Jakarta Post reported that they decided to postpone their wedding as he continued to serve the country amidst the pandemic and see patients at Permata Bunda Hospital in East Java.

However, on 17 April, Michael posted on social media to update his followers that he had become "one of the COVID-19 victims"

Under the Instagram handle @mikemarampe, he shared that he tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid test, and that he was receiving treatment and good care from the medical team in RSUP Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta.

He explained that he was getting better and that he was coughing less.

"There's no regret," he also said in the video.

"For me, becoming a doctor is a personal sacrifice and something to be proud of as it allows me to serve patients and help many people."

He then reminded fellow healthcare workers to always prioritise their safety by wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to keep their spirits up in the battle of this pandemic.

On the same day, Michael also posted a picture of him with his fiancee

He called her his "guardian angel" who had given him strength and support for the past eight years.

"Thank you, my fiancee Tri Novia Septiani. You are the most beautiful gift in my life. I love you always," he wrote in the caption.

Unfortunately, the post turned out to be his last.

According to Sinar Harian, he passed away just over a week later due to complications from COVID-19 on Saturday, 25 April.

Tri wrote an emotional Instagram post on Sunday, 26 April, saying how she and all of his family were so proud of him

"I'm sorry that I can only accompany you up to here," she wrote to her late fiance.

"I love you so much, and I know you loved me too. See you again, my dear."

She also promised to finish their song that was supposed to be sung at their wedding.

The post has drawn in thousands of netizens sending her and their family condolences.

You can read Tri's emotional tribute to her late fiance below:

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