4 stray bullet incidents;
15-year-old girl is latest victim -- DOH
MANILA, Jan. 1 (PNA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said
another stray bullet incident marred the New Year's Eve revelries anew after
a 15-year-old female student was struck by a stray bullet in Malabon City.
In a press briefing at DOH media relations unit (MRU) in Tayuman Sta. Cruz,
Manila, DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell Ubial said the female victim
has gone into "deep coma" after being hit with a stray bullet in the right
portion of her head during the New Year revelry Saturday night.
Ubial said that as of this time, the bullet is still lodged inside her head.
Ubial said the girl is now at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Jose R.
Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) in Manila.
"While watching fireworks display, a stray bullet hit her in the head, which
is very damaging to the brain, and is now in a near fatal, critical
condition," said Ubial.
She said that was actually their saddest news (for the New Year) wherein
everyone and families are supposed to be happy and united as they face the
challenges and hope of another year.
Ubial said she got emotional after paying a visit to the patient and found
that the victim has a very promising future.
"I am getting teary eyed because she is doing well in school and has a great
future ahead. She is a scholar in school. But now this," she said.
In an interview with the girls' parents, Emil and Marilyn Calano, their
daughter (Emilyn Villanueva Calano) was just watching the fireworks display
together with her aunt and other relatives when the unfortunate incident
Marilyn said they were shocked when neighbors informed them that their
daughter suddenly collapsed.
The victim was rushed to JRRMC and it was only then that her parents
realized that she had been hit with a stray bullet.
The teary-eyed mother disclosed that it is very painful to them knowing
their daughter now faces a "gloomy fate" as she remains critical condition.
She went on to appeal to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to help them in their
quest for justice and have those responsible face the full force of the law.
Marilyn said she is now holding on to her faith and praying hard for a
"miracle" to happen so that her daughter whom she described as responsible,
helpful, loving and caring will survive her wounds.
"If only I can turn back time and knew what will happen, I should not had
even let her go out of our house," she uttered. She further disclosed that
the area where her daughter was standing was just few steps away from their
According to JRRMMC head Dr. Emmanuel Montaña Jr., the patient was brought
to their facility at around 1 a.m. Sunday. The incident incident occurred at
about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Montaña admitted that a surgery at this time can worsen the condition of the
teenager since other membranes of the brain can actually be damaged severely
in the process and chances of survival will actually be low if ever and
miracle is needed.
“She is currently in deep coma. In truth, we have a poor prognosis of the
patient,” said Montaña.
For now, he said the hospital is just providing the patient with all the
necessary medical support while staying at the hospital's ICU.
He said the assistance now being given include medicines to decompress the
brain, anti-brain inflammation, anti-tetanus, and antibiotics, among others.
He said this incident should be a call among those firing indiscriminately
to wake up and realize the damage it can cause to the victims.
"It can happen to anyone," he said citing that such way should really be
DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag said they are calling on everyone to offer
prayers to the 15-year-old stray bullet victim.
"She needs a miracle and we need to pray for her," Tayag said.
Last Thursday, the DOH reported one other stray bullet victim, a 27-year-old
male from Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya.
He suffered a gunshot wound to the head while inside their house last
In total, the DOH said they have now received a total of four stray bullet
incidents but is leaving other details of the other cases to the Philippine
National Police (PNP).
Another reason that they are leaving these incidents to the PNP is due to
the fact that sometimes there were cases that are not reported to any of the
50 sentinel hospitals -- that submit reports to DOH for purposes of
recording the injuries in its annual surveillance.(PNA)