A graphic video of a woman giving birth in what appears to be a hospital entrance has been doing the rounds on social media.
According to reports on The World Around Us and Social Trends Ph, the woman was allegedly denied medical care after hospital staff learned she was homeless and had no capacity to pay.
In the video, the woman can be seen leaning over a wheelchair outside a lying-in clinic or a hospital as she gives birth to her baby, with only two nurses and strangers attending to her.
The video was uploaded by Jayr Agustin Carino, an ambulance driver.
“Homeless pregnant di tinanggap sa DstrictHspital, sinugod sa LyingIn ayaw din asikasuhin,” Carino captioned the video.
(“Homeless pregnant woman was not accepted at the district hospital, was brought to a lying in [clinic] but was also refused.”)
Watch the video below:
Netizens take sides on the next page.
Video sparks outrage
The video, which runs for 42 seconds, has angered netizens.
“Ang problema dito sa Pinas, pag makapal ang wallet mo, priority ka, inuuna ka. Pero pag manipis o walang laman ang bulsa, dyan ka sa tabi, magdusa ka hanggang mamatay…homeless na nga, di pa tinulungan. Kawawa ang bata at ang nanay. Kailan kaya magbabago ang gobyerno natin?,” commented Jessica Carreos.
(“The problem in the Philippines is that only the rich are prioritized. But the poor are pushed to the side to suffer or die…already homeless but still no one helped. Poor baby and mother. When will our government change?”)
While some were quick to judge the hospital or lying in clinic, others acknowledged the fact that the poor should plan their families better.
“Walang kakayanan mag paanak? Pano pa ang pang gatas at pagkaen pang aral? Bago tayo mag demand ng reliable institution gaya ng mga hospital maging responsable muna tayo sa kilos natin. Kawawa yung anak mo Nay. Sana nag plano ka ng maayos,” Sarina Louise said.
(“No capacity to [pay to] give birth? What more milk, food, education? Before we demand for reliable institutions like hospitals, let’s first be responsible for our actions. Your baby is to be pitied. You should have planned better.”)
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