Baby Kobe, Philippines' youngest COVID-19 survivor, passes away

MANILA, Philippines – Baby Kobe, the Philippines’ youngest COVID-19 survivor passed away on Thursday, June 4, his father Ronnel Manjares confirmed.

Baby Kobe, Philippines' youngest COVID-19 survivor, passes away
Baby Kobe was 5 days old when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 | Photo Courtesy: DOH

Born on April 12, Baby Kobe Manjares was only five days old when he was diagnosed to be positive for COVID-19. News spread online when Baby Kobe successfully recovered and was released on April 28 from the National Children’s Hospital. Early May, Baby Kobe was brought back to the hospital due to constipation.

Baby Kobe's father Ronnel said the infant suffered from blood infection and his stomach bloated persistently. His blood sugar level also fluctuated. The infant eventually died at 1:00 in the morning.

"Nakausap ko 'yung doktor kagabi at sabi tutubuhan na siya. Pagkatapos, sinabi wala na," Ronnel said.

He continued that they didn't expect Baby Kobe would eventually pass away. "Kasi nga po naka-survive na po siya eh tapos biglang nagkaganoon," a grieving father said.

The newborn's aunt Susan also shared the family'a grief and said, "Ang hirap nga po, nagulat na lang po kami kagabi noong tumawag nga 'yung kapitbahay namin na pinaalam sa akin, iyak nang iyak na po 'yung kapatid ko, tapos kausap 'yung asawa sa cellphone, 'yun lang."

Ronnel, a construction worker, is seeking assistance to their family. Those who wish to extend help to Kobe’s family may contact Ronnel at 09519992328.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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