A four-day-old baby died on Monday allegedy
after suffering from burns inside an improvised incubator at a hospital in
The victim's father, Mario Libron, said doctors
at the Zamboanga City Medical Center placed his baby inside an incubator with an
attached bulb since the hospital does not have a regular incubator. Part of the
baby's body bore burns supposedly sustained from the intense heat produced by
Libron said doctors subjected the baby to an
X-ray test because the latter was unusually small. He, however, believes his
baby was healthy. Libron has already filed a complaint against the hospital
before the Zamboanga City Police. He said he and his wife decided that the
latter give birth in Zamboanga City. They were from Titay, Zamboanga
Meanwhile, an official of Zamboanga City
Medical Center has denied that the baby died because of the hospital
Dr. Romeo Ong, medical director of the
Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), said he has ordered an investigation as to
what happened to the baby who was allegedly burned to death inside the
Ong said he spoke to the baby's neonatologist,
Dr. Jeffrey Masilungan, who has denied the incident. "The baby was delivered
prematurely, 1.4 kilos lang. As of now what we know is that the baby had
culminal sepsis, a very severe type of infection, and also suffered from
jaundice," he said.
Ong explained that the effect of culminal
sepsis is that the skin will develop blisters. “Parang nasunog nga talaga. It's
part of the effect of the infection,” he said. Ong also said their incubator
could not have burned the baby as the temperature is controlled and if something
goes wrong it will set off an alarm that will alert the nurses and
He also added that they do not have enough
incubators and that there was reportedly another baby in the incubator with the
baby who was allegedly burned. "Kung dalawa yun, dapat dalawa yung nasunog,” he
said. However, Ong said he is open to possibilities like negligence or equipment
failure, which is why he is having the incident investigated.
October 3, 2010 Incident
A premature baby was slightly burned at
Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) when the fluorescent lamp inside an
incubator exploded. The incubator is consisting of a box designed to maintain a
constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for premature
Reports said the baby sustained second degree
burns to the face and neck when the incubator's fluorescent lamp suddenly
exploded. According to the report, the lamp's shattered glass hit the baby's
face and neck. The baby was given immediate medical attention.
It was learned from a local media report, the
premature baby was placed inside an incubator last week at the said hospital.
The report said there was a black out in the hospital and the lamp exploded due
to the surge of power when electricity was restored.
It said the baby is now in stable condition.
But the hospital physician blamed the accident to the rotating blackout in the
city. Although the doctor admitted to local reporters that it is no longer safe
to use their old and improvised incubators, sources said.