Marampe always aspired to be a doctor, following in the footsteps of his father, who is a physician at a hospital. After finishing medical school, Marampe took an internship that sent him more than 2,000 kilometers (1,260 miles) away from home to East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.
“He was happy with his job. Wherever and whenever it is. … He never complained,” his mother said.
Marampe discovered his other passion when he was young, learning to play music on a mini keyboard before taking piano lessons.
His love for gospel music connected him to his future fiancée, Septiani. They met at church in 2011, and a friend set them up on a date the next year. They became inseparable after that.
As their romance developed, so did their love for music, and they formed their group despite both having busy jobs. Septiani is a fashion designer, and Marampe was a general medical practitioner at a hospital.
Because of his work, Marampe worried about contracting the coronavirus. Septiani said he told her that one of his patients showed symptoms of the virus but didn’t want to be tested.
Marampe got tested himself in April and was positive for COVID-19. But he never blamed anyone, Septiani said.
He was treated at a hospital, and on his eighth day there, Marampe recorded a video that he posted to Instagram.
“For me, being a doctor is something I’m proud of. I can serve my patients. I can help so many people. And I have no regrets at all. For my friends at the front line, keep your spirits up,” Marampe said in the video.
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