Monday, October 25, 2021

Ma claims hospital killed baby

EDALENE Añosa wanted to name her son John Niño.

But she never got the chance to do that since he died hours after she delivered him at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) last June 5.

According to her, her son died at the hands of VSMMC’s doctors.

The 32-year-old mother told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that her husband Roldan initially brought her to the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital, but he transferred her to the VSMMC when she went into labor.

The couple are from Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

When VSMMC staff discovered she was having a breech baby, or when a baby is born bottom first instead of head first, Edalene was immediately prepped to undergo caesarian section.

Taking turns

But Edalene said that when she arrived in the delivery room, around 10 doctors made her undergo normal delivery.

She claimed that one of the doctors even tried to make her sign a document that would release them from any liability should something happen to her or her baby.

While in the delivery room, the doctors reportedly took turns attending to Edalene.

They allegedly panicked when the head of the baby got stuck in her cervix.

Ila gyung gipugos ug pagawas ang akong anak. Gasige ra sila ug kara-kara ug nanawag pa sila ug laing doctor nga mutabang ug pagpagawas sa akong anak (They tried to force my baby out. They were in a state of panic and even called another doctor for help),” Edalene said.

When doctors finally got the baby out, his condition was allegedly critical.

Edalene was placed in the ward where she waited for her son to be brought to her. But she never saw him.

Two hours after giving birth, she heard from doctors that he was dead.

No cause of death

Edalene said that when she read the death certificate, there was no clear indication how her son had died.

Naglibog sila kung unsay gikamatyan sa akong anak (They’re not sure how he died),” she said.

When the couple sought the help of Radio Brigada News FM last Monday, they showed reporters photos of the baby’s body.

The boy had bruises below his neck, body and torso.

Edalene said they buried their son in the Catholic Cemetery in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

But the couple plan to file a case against the hospital for what happened to their baby.

Ligaya Moneva, health education and promotions officer of the Department of Health (DOH) 7, yeterday confirmed that Roldan, Edalene and a relative went to their office last Monday to file a complaint against VSMMC.

Josette Navarro of DOH 7 Licensing Division advised Edalene to formalize her complaint through writing.

Edalene said she already consulted a lawyer to prepare her affidavit.

VSMMC spokesperson Eleodoro Mongaya urged Edalene to file a complaint so the hospital can investigate the matter.

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