Boy's playmate loses hands, eye in explosion
MANILA (UPDATE) - Two boys were critically injured in a firecracker blast Thursday afternoon in Quezon City, authorities said Friday.
One of the victims has been declared brain-dead while another one boy lost his hands and an eye because of the explosion, according to Dr. Kris Nestor Urian of the MCU Hospital in Caloocan where the boys were brought.
Initial investigation showed that the victims, John Paul Denega and another boy identified only as Mark Jason were collecting the powder from firecrakers that did not explode during the New Year festivities.
The boys wanted to play with the firecrackers' powder when it suddenly exploded.
John Paul's brother, Aniceto, said he was inside their house when he suddenly heard a loud blast at the Dimaano Compound in Barangau Balon-Bato, Quezon City.
He rushed to the source of the blast and saw his critically-injured brother.
A village watchman said he scolded the children and tried to prevent them from collecting unexploded fireworks but they ignored him.
Barangay officials said they cleaned streets after the New Year festivities but the children sifted through the garbage where they found the unexploded firecrackers.
The MCU Hospital, in a medical bulletin released Friday night, said John Paul has been declared brain-dead and is now only breathing through a machine.
Urian also confirmed that the hands of Mark Jason have been amputated and his left eye has been operated on and removed because of the injuries he sustained in the blast. - reports from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News