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Mother files counter-affidavit to contest docs claim

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol September 27,2016 - 09:32 PM

The pain hasn’t died down for 32-year-old mother Edalane Añosa whose infant son died at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) last June 5.

“Sakit kaayo mawad-an og anak. Giampingan namo pag-ayo unya mawala lang (It’s so painful to lose a son. We took good care of him while he was still on my tummy only to lose him in the process),” she told reporters.

Añosa yesterday filed her response to the counter-affidavit filed by four physicians of VSMMC who claimed to be innocent of the child’s death.

She earlier filed a complaint for imprudence and negligence against officers of the hospital before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas.

Named respondents in the complaint were Ma. Angelica Martinez, Thalia Tubungbanua, Kim Saskia Gumalo and Carlene Cunanan — all doctors of VSMMC.

The mother, who expected to deliver her baby by cesarean section but was allegedly advised by the staff of VSMMC to opt for a normal delivery, blamed the government-run hospital for the death of her infant son last June 5.

According to Añosa, she was surprised to learn from the hospital when she came in for admission that she would have a normal delivery when her last ultrasound showed that she had a breech baby which would need a cesarean delivery.

She said she was asked to sign a waiver that they would not be responsible in case anything would happen.

Añosa, a housewife from Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, also claimed that during delivery, her son’s feet came out first while it took time for the staff to bring the baby out.

In the afternoon of June 5, Añosa’s son named John Niño was declared dead. He was laid to rest on the following day.

John Niño was Añosa’s fourth child with her husband, Roldan, who works as a construction worker in Lapu-Lapu City.

Añosa said the respondents claimed that she signed a waiver that she would undergo normal delivery.

“I was in pain when they told me to sign it. It was written in English and I didn’t understand its contents. They just asked me to sign it,” she said in Cebuano.

Añosa said she pleaded to the respondents to allow her to undergo cesarean operation but the latter allegedly refused.

“They (respondents) are women and probably mothers. I hoped they understood my situation. I’ll pursue this case so that there won’t be a repeat of the ordeal I underwent,” she said.

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