ONLY 13 days after the birth of the Cervantes triplets at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, two of them have already died.
The latest to die was Baby Jonalyn, who expired on October 12 at 10:15 p.m. The remaining survivor, Baby Joshua Jay is still in critical condition.
Dr. Mary Anne Ilao, a neonatologist at the hospital, said Jonalyn died of infection and respiratory disease, complications resulting from premature birth.
“Jonalyn was already critical and very unstable from the start. She suffered from anemia and had a very low birth weight. In fact, she had to repeat all blood cultures,” Ilao said in her medical report.
On October 6, Baby Jovelyn was the first to die of brain hemorrhage.
On the other hand, Baby Joshua Jay is still inside the incubator at the neonatal intensive care unit.
“He’s critical but stable. He’s being weaned off the mechanical ventilator because he has stopped having apneic episodes, a condition where babies stop breathing from time to time, “ Ilao said.
But Joshua Jay is still anemic and is also suffering from a respiratory disease.
Dr. Ruben Flores, the hospital’s director, noted that the survival and development of premature babies remain uncertain.
Premature babies can suffer from bleeding into the brain that leads to cerebral palsy, underdeveloped lungs, weakened skin and immune system, among other complications.
On September 30, Jocelyn Cervantes gave birth to the fraternal triplets at seven months. The triplets, a boy and two girls, were born with low birth weight and had underdeveloped lungs.