A 6-month old Pala’wan infant who was accidentally pierced by a wayward fishing arrow underwent a head operation Tuesday and is under observation by doctors at the Ospital ng Palawan.
The family of six-month-old “Raynel” has also appealed to the public for help to cover his medicine and hospital expenses.
Nancy Espinosa, nursing supervisor of the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP), said Raynel remains under observation following an operation performed by Dr. Metodio Lazo.
Espinosa said the recovery period may take a week depending on his reaction to the antibiotics and medications he was prescribed.
The child’s father said Raynel’s 11-year-old brother accidentally hit him with a fishing arrow while he was playing outside their house in Rizal on May 27.
“Kasi ‘yong kuya naglalaro-laro, palakad padiretso sa laot (dagat), tapos kinalabit ‘yong goma, napindot siguro, tumalsik ‘yong balang pana na napunta sa kapatid. Kasi ‘yong kuya nasa baba tapos ‘yong kapatid (Raynel) nasa taas, naka-upo sa bangko. Dumaan ‘yong bala kasi sa bintana [saka tumama sa ulo ni Raynel]”, the child’s father, Pati Kawali, said.
Pati Kawali is a fisherman, while her mother Nolida is a housewife taking care of seven children.
He said they immediately brought Raynel to Brgy. Culasian where the village chief called for an ambulance to bring them to the Dr. Jose Rizal District Hospital and later transferred to the ONP.
“Nakapaa lang nga ako, wala na kaming nadalang damit, wala ng bihis-bihis, Ang naisip ko kasi para mabuhay lang ba ‘yomg bata, nakakaawa din ‘yong bata, ” he said said.
He said he was happy that the arrow was removed, but is worried about the other children they left at home.
Pati admitted that they urgently need help because they do not know what to do. (with a report from Aira Genesa Magdayao)