Jan 122015

A two-year-old boy is in a critical condition after an alleged case of malpractice at the Philippine Heart Center, the parents said in a TV  report on Monday. 

Stephen Gabriel Valencia has Down Syndrome and Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that causes low oxygen levels in the blood and blue color to the skin. Thus, the term “blue baby.”   

Because of his condition, Valencia experiences irregular heart rhythms that prompted his parents, Tyrone and Sarah, to have him confined at the hospital on December 10, a report on 24 Oras said.

They said he was getting better until a nurse allegedly did something wrong during his treatment. 

GMA News has asked the Philippine Heart Center for comment regarding the case but it is yet to respond to the request. According to the office of the executive director of the hospital, the case is under investigation. 


Valencia’s parents said they saw the nurse hastily putting a cannula or tube into the child’s humidifier and oxygen tank without checking the pressure. The doctor only instrcuted for the two-year-old for an X-Ray. 

After the incident, the baby suddenly had a hard time breathing and water went out of his nose and mouth.  But, the nurse kept on pushing in the cannula. 

His father, also a nurse, knew something was wrong. 

“Binabalik pa niya ‘yung cannula para siguro bigyan ng oxygen baby ko, or nataranta na rin siguro siya, ‘di niya alam anong gagawin niya. Kahit may tubig pa, pinipilit niyang ibalik,” Tyrone explained. 

“Nagbubula na ‘yung bunganga niya, inatake na siya. Nag-start na siyang mangitim,” the mother then shared. 

It was only 15 minutes after that the baby was revived. But the parents said they are now worried that Valencia’s brain has been affected. 

“Naninigas pa rin katawan niya. Effect daw ‘yun ng pagrevive sa kanya thrice,” Sarah added. 

The Valencias have already sent a complaint to the hospital’s administration. But they still see the nurse on duty. 

They have also filed a complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation against the hospital for not taking action regarding their issue. They will also let the Department of Health know about the incident. 

“Sobrang sama ng loob kasi dinala namin siya doon para gumaling tapos ganyang ‘yung nangyari sa kanya dahil sa pagkapabayaan niya,” Valencia’s father said. Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News

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