Sunday 21 December 2014

Heartbreak at loss of 'baby hope'

Rob Crilly Cebu

Published 18/11/2013 | 02:00

For three days, Althea Mustacisa served as a symbol of Filipino resilience in the face of Typhoon Haiyan. For three days, her parents used a hand pump to squeeze oxygen into her fragile newborn lungs.

But on Saturday, Althea died in a government hospital that lacked the electricity, ventilators and the incubators that might have kept her alive.

While millions crammed into churches around the country for Masses to remember the dead, their prayers were not enough to save the baby in Tacloban.

Leslie Rosario, the attending physician, said the storm had not been a factor in the baby's problems, noting that insufficient prenatal care most likely complicated the pregnancy.

On Saturday, her heart stopped. Her name will not be added to the typhoon death toll but she is as much a victim as anyone else. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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