Girl thought to be alive laid to rest

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The three-year-old girl who reportedly showed vital signs and thought to be alive during her funeral mass was finally laid to rest Tuesday in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, an official said.

Aurora Municipal Information Officer Jose Mendoza said the burial came after the girl’s mother and relatives were convinced that she was indeed dead following investigation initiated by the Municipal Health Office.

Mendoza said Aurora Municipal Health Officer Dr. Mary Silyne Asor-Cabahug spearheaded the investigation.

Mendoza said Cabahug went to the girl’s residence, bringing along with her a medical apparatus after it was reported that some of the relatives refused to bury her because the child might be alive.

The girl reportedly moved her head and showed vital signs when the coffin was opened to be blessed by the priest during her funeral mass Saturday.

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The girl was removed from the coffin and was taken back to the hospital and later brought home.

Mendoza said the girl was declared dead Friday by the attending physician, Dr. Saturnina Lagare, a day after she was confined for bronchopneumonia.

An amateur video went viral after it was uploaded in two social networking sites. It was taken while the child was being removed from her coffin.

Mendoza said Cabahug has advised the relatives to bury the girl and observe proper sanitation to prevent outbreak of sickness after it was proven she’s dead.

He said the girl is the youngest among the two children of a solo-parent.

The eldest child, who is also suffering from bronchopneumonia, is confined in the hospital. (Sunnex)
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