PARENTS of the two infants who died after they got vaccinated at Pajac Health Center in Lapu-Lapu City last November 8 recalled what happened on that day.
Ayesha Mae Suson's death certificate indicated that she died mainly because of death electrolyte imbalance secondary to acute gastroenteritis with severe dehydration.
Ghirvaugn Mcreign Limpangog's death certificate, on the other hand, showed he died mainly because of status epilepticus. Meningitis contributed to his death.
The babies died at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center last November 11.
Families of the babies blamed the vaccines for their deaths.
Parents identified the midwife as Grecilda Malingin, who injected vaccines
on their babies. Malingin refused to be interviewed.
“Ang vaccine naa ra gyud sa lamisa. Nagkatag didto ang mga nagamit na. Ang wa pa nagamit gi tung-tung niya didto (The vaccine was on the table, as well as those that were unused. The midwife placed the unused vaccines on the table),” Lynlen said in an interview on Thursday, November 16.
“Kato rang adlawa siya naa ngadto. Nurse gyud na sauna. Siya ra usa walay nag-assist. (That was the only time that she was the one attending to the babies. Usually, a nurse will do the immunization. She was alone and didn’t have any assistant with her),” she added.
Gian Millicent Igoy, mother of Girvaughn, said: “Ang naka-apan pa gyud kay ang mga vaccine kay naa ra sa kilid. Wala gyuy gikan sa ref (We noticed that the vaccines were just placed beside Grecilda and not inside the refrigerator).”
Parents said both of their babies had bruises on their left legs where the vaccines were injected. (Precious Grace Gandia, USC AB Communications intern/SunStar Philippines)