Pasig City, PH – A resident of Makati city, Rodel Canas, 23 had to do what could be the most unthinkable in his life as a new dad.
On April 13, his 1-month-old baby passed away at the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City due to pneumonia which resulted in sepsis. Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) set in place against COVID-19, there were no available means of public transportation within Metro Manila.
That left Canas with no option but to encase the remains of their son in a box sealed with an ordinary packaging tape and walk from the Pasig hospital to his home at East Rembo in Makati carrying the remains of his son. His wife was waiting for them.
Canas brought his wife to the Pasig hospital on March 11 where she gave birth prematurely. Her baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease and on the 13th of April, the young child passed away.
On top of the mourning and stress which the family had to go through, Canas, a construction worker was presented a bill amounting to P245,000 ($5,000) which he has no means to pay. The barangay chairman of East Rembo had to issue a certificate of indigency so that Canas could release the body of the child as bills are yet to be settled at the hospital.
The burial was arranged in the same compound where Canas family are renting a small dwelling place.#