Had a better night last night. I woke up at 5 a.m. Worked on papers until 6 a.m. Listened to the D.Z.M.T. news and to Valencia’s remarks.
What surprises me is that neither Mr. Teodoro Valencia nor any other member of the press has come out openly with the statement that this student unrest and misbehavior is communist inspired and triggered. It is the same pattern all over the world. The underground communist work is very effective. They have sent trained persons to speak to the student class. The students are easy to convince and stimulate them to do acts of violence.
Of course, I admit that some complaints are well-based but the students did not have to go to the point of breaking windows and chairs. There is no more peace and order and the government seems impotent to stop these mass rallies. Let us pray, that God may illuminate all.
I woke up as usual 5:30 a.m. Had breakfast. Took my blood pressure it was 160 mm. Systolic. I took a capsule of Rautrax. I think it was a mistake. The Japanese sphygmomanometer is probably not good. At about 9:30 a.m. after I had treated a patient, downstairs in the clinic, I felt very dizzy. I sent for Colonel Salacup who took my blood pressure. It was 60 Systolic.
I was carried upstairs to my bedroom. I then went into shock with profuse perspiration. Bombona called the priest from San Miguel who gave me the last sacraments. Dr. Busuego and Dr. de Jesus arrived as my heart stopped and they began a cardiac massage which revived me. Then I was connected to the cardiac monitor and cardiac pacer.
At 2 p.m. I was transferred by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. My condition still serious. I am still connected to the cardiac monitor and the cardiac pacer. I am given a drip of Dextrose 5% in H20 with Aramine, and another bottle with Isuprol. As soon as my pulse is lower than 45 beats per minute Isuprol is injected in the drip. The Aramine is given continuously to maintain the blood pressure within a normal range.
Attended lecture 8 a.m. Then went to Lourdes Hospital. At 11 a.m. I went to the office of Justice Marceliano Montemayor for meeting of the Committee that investigated the charges of unexplained wealth against General Cabal. Justice Montemayor told us that he went to see Secretary Mutuc to inquire if the retirement of General Cabal meant that President Macapagal had cleared him. Secretary Mutuc said that he would study the matter, and advise us accordingly.
We arrived in Guam at about 7:30 a.m. We were asked to go to the airlines rest room for a little refreshment. Mr. Sison an engineer employed by the U.S. Navy in Guam, met us and drove us around to show us the place. We returned to the plane after a brief tour and took off at 8:27 a.m.
En route to Wake by Pan American Airlines. At 10.30 a.m. about 2 hours after we had left Guam Mrs. Mary R. Greider a 78 year old American lady who was seated just across the aisle from my seat, got up to go to the toilet accompanied by her nurse. When she returned, I noticed that she was very pale. I suspected that something was wrong. Suddenly she gave out a shriek and fixed her eyes and began to breath heavily. Oxygen inhalation was immediately given. Her pulse was imperceptible. I opened my bag and gave her an injection of Coramine. The pulse improved for a brief period, soon to disappear again. I gave her a second injection of Coramine, intravenously but useless. The Captain of the plane asked me if I recommended that he return to Guam. I told him that it was useless, as she was in terrible condition. She died a few minutes later.
Cause of death: Cardiac Embolism. We covered her with a blanket and kept her in the seat.
At 9:45 a.m. called on General Eisenhower at Pentagon building and explained object of my mission. He showed plenty of interest and called by phone General Bradley and fixed an appointment at 11 a.m. Called on General Bradley who had all his staff with him, and explained what had been done and what has to be done. Had dinner with Colonel & Mrs. Whitmore at Army and Navy Club.
In General Head Quarters in the field.
Returned to Manila with food supplies for the family. Saw the destruction by three direct hits on Tata’s house by six inch Japanese shells. Five hits on the garden. One neighbor killed, several were wounded.
Wednesday. Back in General Head Quarters to report on conditions in Manila.
At 6 a.m. left General Head Quarters with Major General R.J. Marshall, Major General Stivers, Colonel Egbert for Manila. Arrived 10 a.m. Fighting still going on. Found five dead Japanese in front of Tata’s house. Many dead Japanese in the street. Went to R. Hidalgo Street. Prayed at Rita’s tomb. Saw my family.