Fighter infant “Baby Jade” was laid to rest today, September 11, at the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park in Quezon City after being comatose for 16 days since she was found abandoned last August 25 in a trash bin inside the Jade Garden Town Homes in Valenzuela City.
The baby who was found wrapped in a plastic bag succumb to death at around 4:20 a.m. Saturday. She was estimated to be at that condition for around six hours before a resident has found her alive and rushed her to the Valenzuela Emergency Hospital (VMC) where she was pronounced to have contacted sepsis and was comatose. The doctors later on diagnosed her to be suffering from stage 3 of Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or the destruction of brain tissues due to deprivation of oxygen. She stayed under the care of the hospital for seven days before she was transferred on September 2 to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) for long-term and advanced needs.
On August 31, Baby Jade’s mother, a housemaid who was working for a resident family in the subdivision, was arrested and taken into custody for psychiatric counseling under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Ms. Dorothy Go-Evangelista who was also on top of caring for the welfare of the baby. “Mother Jade” is facing a case of frustrated infanticide.
Before Baby Jade joined our Creator, her family – mother, father, and aunts, uncles and grandparents from the province had heartfelt final moment with her.
Mayor REX extended his gratitude not only to the good Samaritans who sent financial assistance to Baby Jade, but also to those who offered prayers. “The life of Baby Jade teaches everyone a lesson,” he said. “It sends us a strong message about love for the family and life itself.”
The city government shouldered all the expenses incurred by the hospitalization of Baby. The fund collected from the donations all went to her funeral services needs.