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10-y/o girl dead of dengue 6 months after vaccination
By Ernie B. Esconde

Dec 07, 2017

MARIVELES, Bataan – The parents of a 10-year-old girl here who allegedly died of dengue six months after receiving vaccination cried on Tuesday for justice for what happened to their daughter in the midst of the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy.

“Sana magkaroon ng hustisya ang pagkamatay ng anak ko. Siguro hindi mamamatay ang anak ko kung hindi nabakunahan kasi hindi naman siya sakitin. First time niya magkasakit nang grabe at diretso,” Marivic de Guzman, 34, said.

“Gusto naming magkaroon ng hustisya ang nangyari sa anak namin, managot ang may ano sa vaccine. Kung hindi nasaksakan ang bata, baka buhay pa siya,” tricycle driver Nelson de Guzman, 34, said.

The couple’s daughter Christine Mae de Guzman, 10, died October 15, 2016 at the Bataan General Hospital (BGH) in Balanga City.

Christine was the eldest of three siblings. She was in Grade 5 at the Sisiman Elementary School in Mariveles. The family resides at a modest house in Sitio Breakwater in Barangay Sisiman.

The death certifi cate showed that “Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy” was the immediate cause of the child’s death while “Severe Dengue” was the antecedent cause.

The father said his daughter was vaccinated on April 6, 2016.

This was confi rmed by the child’s Dengue SchoolBased Immunization Record. “Hindi pa nagkaka-dengue ang anak ko bago nabakunahan,” Nelson said.

He said that after six months, on October 11, 2016, his daughter went to school but came back home before lunch.

“Sumasakit ang ulo at nahiga. Kinabukasan nilagnat. After two days, dinala namin sa Maheseco Hospital sa Mariveles at na-check na may dengue. After 24 oras, inilipat namin sa BGH. Kinabukasan (October 15, 2016), namatay siya,” the father said.

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