23-year-old detainee, Reina Mae Nasino 3-months old baby River, died before they got a chance to reunite.
3-month-old baby River separated from her detained mother has died just before 9pm Friday night, according to KAPATID and NUPL. Her death came hours after NUPL lawyers asked a Manila court to allow her mother to see the baby in her dying hours, amid appeals by her family and activists to allow them to reunite.
- Date of death: October 9, 2020
- Age: 3-month-old
- Cause of death: COVID-19
They filed with the Manila regional trial court late Friday afternoon an urgent motion to allow Nasino to spend time with River, who was in intensive care at Philippine General Hospital (PGH) battling bacterial infection.
The baby’s doctors said her lungs were “quickly deteriorating” and she was “no longer responding to medications and may expire any moment now,” according to the motion.
KAPATID embraces Reina Mae in this moment of grief. River died at the ICU of PGH at 8:50 pm, October 9, more than two weeks since she was brought to the hospital after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. She died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. #FreeReinaMaeNasino pic.twitter.com/Kz0bfEXuxE
— KAPATID (@kapatidPP) October 9, 2020
Following baby River’s death, KAPATID calls for her mother, Reina Mae Nasino’s release to correct “blatant injustice” to her and her baby who was “never given chance to live.” Blames courts, govt for chain of tragic events that led to her death.
On Friday, October 9, her pediatrician gave the baby only a few hours to live, based on the court filing.
Nasino’s lawyer attributed the baby’s poor health to the failure to give her breastmilk, which, they said, is a child’s indivisible right.
“With respect, the Honorable Court is urged to extend the kindness and compassion that the movant and her baby were denied when they were precipitately separated from each other and deprived of their basic right to breastfeed,” Nasino’s lawyers had pleaded.
They added that Nasino, who has maintained the charges against her are trumped up and politically motivated, was not a flight risk and had no intention of fleeing. She was also willing to undergo the necessary safety protocols and procedures.
Aside from NUPL, KAPATID and Gabriela have joined calls for the release of Nasino.
“Nasino is one of the hundreds of political prisoners who are deprived of justice and freedom for fighting for the rights of the masses,” Gabriela said in a statement, addressing the appeal to both the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice.
Reina Mae Nasino – Baby River’s GoFundMe
We are unable to confirm if a GoFundMe was created by the family/friends of the deceased at the time of this publication.
This post will be updated with more information as they are made available and public.
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