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Air Force flies sick infant to Manila

Saturday, July 01, 2017

HERCULES and Anna Jucel Soringa are optimistic that their 3-day-old baby will survive his condition. The boy is suffering from a heart ailment.

Zyrus Gabriel, the couple’s third child, was born with pulmonary stenosis, a condition characterized by obstruction of blood flow from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery of the heart.

The obstruction is caused by narrowing of one or more points from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. 

A day after he was born last June 28 at Cebu Doctors’ Hospital, Zyrus Gabriel had to be flown to Philippine General Hospital in Manila to undergo surgery. 

“The medical procedure that will be done on him is only available there,” Hercules said. 

But commercial planes didn’t accommodate them since they require that a baby should be at least 10 days old to be allowed in the plane. 

The couple decided to post the matter on Facebook. Shortly after, help started pouring in. Hercules said they airlifted Zyrus Gabriel to Manila last Friday afternoon through the help of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). 

“We are thankful to PAF and others who assisted us. There were five doctors who were with us during the flight. Dr. Cabaero facilitated everything,” Hercules said. 

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas coordinated with PAF for the trip. 

Zyrus Gabriel’s condition is not the first time the couple faced a challenge in their life. Their second child also underwent three heart surgeries. The child survived and is now six years old. (RVC)

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on July 02, 2017.

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