Turned away by 6 hospitals, mother dies in childbirth

MANILA, Philippines – Childbirth is one of the most wonderful events in a woman’s life, but it can also be a matter of life and death to some. What’s sad is that a mother died in childbirth after being turned away by no less than 6 hospitals!
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Screenshot from ABS-CBN News report.

With the help of a midwife, 28-year old Kathy Bulatao gave birth to her third child on Friday afternoon at their house in Caloocan. According to her husband, Jan Christian Bulatao, Kathy experienced birth complications and had to be taken to a hospital.

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Screenshot from ABS-CBN News report.

“Masyado raw malalim ang isang inunan, hindi daw nailabas,” Jan Christian said.

She was bleeding profusely, but Kathy was turned down by 6 hospitals. Most of the hospitals cited lack of available space and blood supply as reasons why they can’t accept Kathy, while the last one was willing to take her in, if her husband pays a downpayment of Php30,000.

“Sabi nila hindi raw pupuwede, bago maoperahan sana at least may maibigay daw kaming downpayment. Nakiusap ako na kukunin ko naman ang pera sa bahay, wala lang akong dala kasi emergency,” Jan Christian revealed.

When the family could not give the Php30,000 as downpayment, they were told to bring Kathy to a public hospital. They spent nearly 6 hours just looking for a hospital to accept Kathy. They tried to negotiate with each one, yet they were repeatedly turned away.

They finally found a private hospital in Bulacan. But by then, it was too late. Kathy died from severe blood loss.

“Siyempre nauubusan na kada minuto ang asawa ko ng dugo, hirap nang huminga. Hindi man lang sinukat ang vitals niya para alam namin kung aabot pa sa susunod naming pupuntahang ospital,” Jan Christian said.

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Screenshot from ABS-CBN News report.

The family hopes to find justice for Kathy.

Watch the report here courtesy of ABS-CBN News:

The Department of Health (DOH) on April 15 reminded hospitals to continue to provide essential health care services and don’t turn away patients even as the country is facing a public health emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hindi po pwede na dahil puro COVID-19 po ang sinasabi ng ating mga ospital ay nakalimutan na po natin ang ibang sakit na maaaring nararanasan ng ating mga kababayan,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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