By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY, 18-May-2013 (BicolToday.com) – Police here securing the canvassing of votes, first thought it was a bomb in a pouch, but later it yielded a dying new-born baby girl abandoned at the comfort room of Albay Provincial Capitol. Had it not for an expert in emergency response, the baby could be dead in an hour.
This was the expectations by the authorities when the baby was found alive inside a paper bag at around 4:30 p.m Wednesday, wrapped in a towel while her mouth was swathed with a separate piece of cloth to prevent her from crying.
Scared by the presence of the bag on the floor near the bowl, Nelsy Sigue, 44, a capitol employee, first noticed it when she was about to enter the third cubicle of the comfort room. She immediately told the police, thinking it was a bomb.
“I was nervous when I first saw the paper bag, akala ko bomba,” Segui said which prompted her to call PO1 Ruth Gonzales who was on her desk on that time, and immediately warned employees not to get near it, until it was checked and found out later a baby girl was inside the bag
“I admit, I have never seen a bomb yet, and my first reaction was to kick the bag, however, when I peep inside I saw the baby’s head”, the police woman explained when interviewed by this writer, “We are detailed here to secure the premises during the canvassing of votes” Gonzales added.
According to Gonzales, she immediately called the attention of her senior officer Police Ins. Rodolfo Buban and reported what she had found. Within her mind it could be fetus left by a young girl who asked her earlier where the comfort room was. “I thought the pale-looking young lady with paper bag aged 17 or 20 would re-touch her face make- up” she said in Pilipino
“If the capitol is connected with CCTV cameras, I can still recognize the girl who was escorted by another young man taller than she is, could be the owner of the bag left inside the comfort room” Gonzales added.
Capitol employees who learned about the situation, includes Charrevie N. Bandol, a nurse who revived the almost lifeless new born baby by doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a few minutes, without which the baby would be dead
“I found the baby was cyanotic, meaning bluish due to lack of oxygen, and few more minutes without intervention, her life is gone”, Bandol explained.
Bandol is fresh from teaching the three-week training for uniformed men, like the navy, firefighters and paramedics, for emergency management and response sponsored by Albay Gov. Joey S. Salceda where the trainees belonged to the fourth batch of Albay Emergency Health Management
Health authorities of the Bicol Regional and Teaching Hospital said the baby could be “an hour age”, meaning a few hours she was delivered and left inside the comfort room, when rescued and brought to the hospital. She weighs two point eight pounds and still under 24-hour watch by doctors.
The baby’s finder, Sigue who is still single, said she is willing to adopt the newly born girl if the real parents will totally abandon her. She is qualified under the “finders-keeper” principle, she added. [BicolToday.com]