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Duterte, Go extend aid to babies with biliary atresia

August 13, 2019 - Tuesday 11:08 AM by MDM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go mourn with the parents of Eren Arabella Crisologo who did not survive an operation for biliary atresia. Another baby, Dionifer Zephaniah Itao, is still in India undergoing tests.

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go have joined in the efforts to help two babies with biliary atresia undergo liver transplant in India.

The President had earlier offered assistance to a Philippine Army soldier’s baby, named Eren Arabella Crisologo from Butuan City, and another child from Cebu, Dionifer Zephaniah Itao. 

The President and the Senator first met baby Eren when they visited the wounded-in-action soldiers in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City last March, while baby Dionifer was presented to Go during one of his visits to fire victims in Cebu early this year. 

Biliary atresia is a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that also occurs in infants. Given the complications attributed to the disease, the operation needed to address it is not readily available in the Philippines.

Last June, both babies were flown together with their parents to Apollo Hospital in India for the needed medical operation. Despite efforts in providing the best and world-class medical attention, 11-month old baby Eren did not survive the complications.

“Ito po si Eren Crisologo, isang 11-month old na anak ng isang Philippine Army at lumapit po ito kay Pangulong Duterte sa isang pagbisita namin sa hospital ng mga sundalo sa Cagayan de Oro,” Go said during their visit upon the arrival of the family of baby Eren and her remains late Sunday evening in Davao City.

Go added that during that visit in Cagayan de Oro City, the President asked him to send right away baby Eren to India for the necessary medical assistance.

Now that the Crisologo family has come back to the country, the President offered his assistance by providing for burial and transportation expenses.

Baby Eren's parents, thanked Duterte and Go. Still in grief, they went to Davao City first to meet both officials before going home to Butuan City.

“Nalulungkot po kami ni Pangulong Duterte. Sabi nga ng nanay, nagkataon din po na dito sila napadaan kasama ang labi ng bata bago dalhin sa kanilang hometown sa Butuan dahil, sabi ng nanay, magpapasalamat daw po kay Pangulo. Sabi naman ni Pangulo na huwag kaming pasalamatan dahil trabaho po ni Pangulo ‘yun,’” Go said.

Meanwhile, baby Dionifer is still in India undergoing more tests for the procedure.

Naiwan pa po ‘ung isang baby (Dionifer) sa India, marami pa pong tests na ginagawa dahil kailangan talagang compatible ito (liver from donor),” Go said.

Meron na rin po kaming natulungan noon, taga-Taguig, and it was a success story. Ngayon po ‘yung bata very jolly, naglalakad, masaya, malusog na po,” Go said, referring to four-year-old baby Xia Kazumi Ngo.

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