Baby dies on Manila-bound ship due to dehydration, mom demands justice
In a Facebook post, which is quickly going viral, one mom is demanding justice for her baby who died due to dehydration while the boat's staff did nothing to help them.
When travelling with kids, moms and dads make sure they have packed all the essentials. As parents, you know you have to be prepared for anything, especially if your child is still a baby. But even the most thorough parents can be blindsided by tragedy. After her baby dies on a boat, one mom is taking to Facebook to demand justice.
We stumbled across her post and were truly heartbroken to learn about what happened.
According to Facebook user Kriz Angelic Mi they were on a boat when her 4-month-old baby boy Angelo started having severe diarrhea, and eventually died due to dehydration, despite having medical staff on board.
What exactly happened?
The mom writes in the post how her baby was cheerful when they boarded the boat. But the next morning, she noticed something was seriously wrong.
“Nagsusuka si baby nung pinadede namin at nagtatae (Baby was vomiting after feeding and having loose bowel movements),” writes the mom in the viral post, which has been shared over 109,000 times as of this writing.
So they went to the ship’s clinic so they could check on the baby’s condition.
“Pero laking dismaya namin kasi nung kinausap namin yung doctor sabi nya hindi pang pedia at wala syang alam sa pedia (We were so disappointed when the doctor told us she’s not a pediatrician and had no knowledge of pediatrics.),” she writes in the post.
She urged the doctor to give her baby medication for diarrhea. But she says they were told to wait until they arrived at the port, even though it was still hours away, at about 7 pm that night.
They returned to their room on board, but their baby’s diarrhea persisted. The mom tried to soothe the baby to sleep, hoping that he will feel better once he wakes up. But no matter what she did, she couldn’t calm her baby.
So her husband decided to carry their baby outside, hoping that walking around would help soothe him. But then he started vomiting and having diarrhea again.
The worried dad brought their baby to the clinic, where the doctor still allegedly took no action. Despite seeing the baby in need of medical attention, the mom says the doctor didn’t even take his temperature.
“Nakakalungkot lang kasi wala talagang first aid na naibigay (It’s saddening that my baby wasn’t giving any form of first aid),” laments the mom.
At around 9am, two hours after his symptoms began, baby Angelo got even more sick.
“Unti-unti lumalalim mata niya kaya tumakbo asawa ko palabas para hanapin ang doctor na kahit alam namin na walang maitulong ang doctor (His eyes began to droop so my husband ran to find the doctor, even though we knew he wouldn’t be of much help),” she explains in the post.
They found the doctor at the spa getting a foot treatment. The spa’s staff were shocked by the baby’s condition. Their baby was pale and despite the efforts of the parents and the spa’s staff to help the baby, the doctor chose to just continue using his phone instead of trying to help.
The spa’s staff tried to help by applying a cool washcloth to the baby, which seemed to soothe him. His fever seemed to go down and he was continuing to breastfeed well.
“Yun nga lang nahihirapan siyang makatulog at hindi makatulog,” continues the mom, adding how she was so distraught and scared.
“Nanginginig na ako sa takot yung asawa ko umiiyak na kasi yung anak namin umiitim na ang eyebags niya at sobrang putlang putla (I was shaking in fear. My husband was crying because our baby’s eyebags were darkening and he was very, very pale),” says the mom.
At 4 pm, they called a nurse, but by then her baby’s condition had gotten so worse. He was extremely dehydrated.
“Tinawag lang nung naghihingalo na anak namin pero kahit ganun wala paring first aid. Dehydrate na kasi baby namin eh (He called the nurse when our baby was struggling to breathe, but even so there was no first aid. Our baby was already dehydrated),” she writes.
An hour later, their baby was barely breathing.
“Hanggang hindi na siya masyadong humihinga, yun na, nataranta ang doctor at sa halip nurse pa ang nag-utos sa doctor ano ang kukunin at ano ang gagawin (Until my baby was barely breathing, that’s it, the doctor started panicking, and the nurse took charge, telling him what to do),” she said, adding how the doctor didn’t seem to know what to do and the nurse only applied a cool wash cloth on the baby.
“Sobrang sakit isipin na pagdating nang almost 6 pm hindi na humihinga baby namin, binawian na nang buhay. (It’s so painful to think that at 6 pm our baby was no longer breathing, he had lost his life.”
“I want justice for the death of my baby,” writes the mom, adding how if there had been first aid on board, then her baby would have arrived in Manila alive.
“Ang sakit at hirap mamatayan ng anak. Ang hirap tanggapin (It’s so painful to have your child die. It’s so difficult to accept.),” she ends the post.
Our deepest sympathies go out to this couple. May they find peace and comfort during this tough time.
*We have reached out to the baby’s parents and will update this post accordingly.
Though it is unclear what other conditions the baby had, this helps enlighten us about the dangers of infant diarrhea. It should not be brushed aside, no matter how mild. Remember that your baby’s gastrointestinal system is still developing and so they are not as fit to withstand loose stools and dehydration as a full grown adult.
- loose and frequent stools
- discomfort, pain, and cramping pain
- appetite loss
- weight loss
What Should Parents Do?
It all depends on how much fluids your baby is losing, which is surely quite a lot if their diarrhea is severe. But generally, a doctor will advise you to
- feed your baby the same things but focus on giving more fluids.
- give them oral rehydration solution (ORS) to make up for fluids lost.
- give babies more breast milk or formula
It’s important to note that under the age of 6 months, you should not give plain water to infants. If you’re baby is over 6 months, steer clear of sweet drinks like apple juice because they can aggravate symptoms.
- when your baby is younger than 6 months old
- is battling severe or persistent diarrhea
- when your baby is vomiting repeatedly
- your baby resists drinking liquids
- if your older child reports severe tummy pain or your baby keeps crying and can’t fall asleep
- if your child is not peeing enough, less than usual
- when their stools have streaks of blood or mucus
source: Kid’s Health