Mother Dies During Childbirth After Being Turned Down By Several Hospitals

A 28-year-old Filipina woman who gave birth in Caloocan passed away after six hospitals turned her down, saying they were full, including one place that asked for a paid deposit to take her in. 

Kathy Bulatao brought her third child into the world last Friday afternoon with the help of a midwife at the family’s house.

Her spouse, Jan Christian Bulatao, said she needed urgent hospital care due to birthing complications. According to him, she also had difficulty breathing and was bleeding badly.

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Kathy was refused entry by six hospitals citing a lack of space and blood supply. One of the hospitals asked for a deposit of P30,000 (around $600).

“They even charged us for the parking,”  Jan said.

“The hospitals had a lot of reasons for not admitting my wife. Some hospitals did not even check my wife’s vital signs” 

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After a six-hour search, the family reached Bulacan, where a private hospital finally admitted Kathy, but it was already too late. 

“I also blame myself. I did not have the cash when the FEU Hospital asked for a downpayment. The trip from the FEU Hospital to Bulacan took two hours. My wife lost a lot of blood,” Jan said.

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Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made a statement saying the Department of Health issued a directive ordering hospitals and healthcare establishments to keep providing essential health services to people during the coronavirus crisis.

The family will be seeking justice for the mother. 

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