PAO forensic team conducts autopsy on alleged Dengvaxia victim


The forensic team of the Public Attorney’s Office conducting an autopsy to the body of child in Minalin, Pampanga.

MANILA, Philippines — Mary Jane Aguhayon of Minalin, Pampanga is worried because one of her children was vaccinated with Dengvaxia under the government’s immunization program.

She got even more worried after 12-year-old Roshaine Cariño got sick and eventually died due allegedly to the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

“Nababahala po kami, kami mag-asawa lalo na yung asawa ko may nerbiyos siya, bale yun pong gabi naiisip niya yung katulad niyan nabalitaan na naman namin may namatay,” said Mary Jane Aguhayon, a local resident of Minalin, Pampanga.

(We are worried especially, my husband. He’s nervous. Every night, he thinks of the possibility that our child will suffer the same fate.)

Mary Jane is worried every time somebody reportedly dies allegedly due to Dengvaxia.

Earlier this morning, personnel of the Public’s Attorney’s Office (PAO) led by Atty. Persida Acosta arrived in Minalin.

The Cariño family asked PAO to conduct an autopsy on the remains of Roshaine.

According to Roshaine’s father, they sought the help of PAO to determine the real cause of her death last February 19.

“Kung halimbawa galing man sa gamot na yun tapos namatay ang anak ko sa ganyang gamot, maipaglalaban ko yung anak ko. Kung hindi dahil sa gamot na yun, di buhay pa ang anak ko kasama ko pa siya,” said Romeo Cariño, father of Roshaine.

(If Dengvaxia really was the cause of my daughter’s demise, I will be able to seek justice for her death. If not for that vaccine my child would still be alive.)

On September 17,  Roshaine experienced blurry vision, headache, and severe fever.

Her parents immediately rushed her to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga where she ended up in a coma.

The result of the MRI scan conducted on her showed a tumor in her head.

Roshaine was bedridden and could not move her body.

Last Monday afternoon this week, the teenager died.

According to PAO forensic expert Dr. Erwin Erfe, Roshaine showed symptoms of severe dengue that are believed to be the side effect of Dengvaxia.

“Maraming significant findings sa brain niya nung tiningnan namin ang ibabaw, mukhang maga na yung brain. Yung mga blood vessels ay dilated at may extra vassation of blood. Kumalat ang blood sa utak,” said the forensic expert.

(There were a lot of significant findings on her brain. When we looked at the surface, her brain was already swelling. The blood vessels were dilated and there was an extra vassation of blood. The blood spread to her brain.)

According to PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta, Roshaine was the 23rd child they examined that died due to severe dengue.

“Ito pare-pareho ng signs and symptoms. Pareho ng ang nangyari sa buhay nila and then yun nga namatay ganoon pa rin nangyari sa mga organs (They had the same signs and symptoms. They suffered the same fate in life, and even in death, their organs also endured same abuse),” said the PAO chief.

Roshaine was buried earlier at the Sto. Domingo Minalin public cemetery. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue




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