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Unity saved life of abandoned baby

| by: Cris Lanie Delos Reyes

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. However, for an abandoned baby in a northernmost town in Cebu, a village saved his life.

Joined efforts of concerned citizens, district hospital staff and local government officials saved a baby found at a backyard on Wednesday morning at Brgy. Maya, Daanbantayan town.

According to an online post of a certain Daryll Beligaño, it was Niña Dublin who first found the baby while doing her daily routine of checking their family’s herd of goats early in the morning.

The male infant was wrapped in a plastic bag still with traces of blood and umbilical cord attached to his navel.

Shocked, Niña brought the baby inside the house and informed her mother, a midwife in Daanbantayan District Hospital (DDH).

Niña and her mother then rushed the baby boy to the hospital for immediate medical attention.

The baby was premature at 6 months old and already turned bluish due to lack of oxygen.

Greenly Arcenal, another DDH midwife, said the baby was immediately given oxygen supply, intravenous fluid, antibiotics and milk through oral gastric tube.

Volunteerism

The poor baby will probably never feel the love of his biological mother but strangers will fill in for the absent mother.

Out of concern, everyone in the hospital extended help especially lactating mothers who volunteered to pump breastmilk for the baby.

Beligaño, whose social media post about this media instantly created a discussion online, happened to be in the hospital to attend to his grandmother.

Upon knowing of the incident, Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale immediately instructed the chief of DDH to check on the status of the baby and to know what additional needs to be given.

Davide instructed the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to coordinate with the LGU of Daanbantayan to expedite the transport of the baby to Vicente Sotto Medical Memorial Center (VSMMC).

Dailen Alburo, who saw Beligaño’s online post, volunteered to accompany the baby while being transported to VSMMC along with her aunts, Rosana Montana and Lolita Mondero. They also decided to stay with the baby until he fully recovers.

Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro said an initial P5,000 cash assistance from Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) will be given through Daanbantayan MSWDO for the baby’s needs.

According to PSWDO’s Evette Deguit, the representative from Daanbantayan MSWDO is also coordinating with DSWD for proper actions. (Cris Lanie Delos Reyes)