MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet who slipped into a coma after being shot by robbers is now back on his feet, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.
Cadet 1st Class Alfonso Aviles, who was shot in the head by jeepney robbers in Fairview, Quezon City last August 25, is now on ambulatory stage and can walk with the aid of a nurse.
Aviles can now talk in short phrases. However, a titanium plate implant is still required to reconstruct his jaw due to a "mandibular fracture."
The 23-year-old graduating cadet will also have to undergo physical rehabilitation thrice a week.
"Cdt Aviles still has to be confined in the hospital because of the mandibular fracture and the physical rehabilitation he is undergoing. Our specialists and medical doctors are all-out in guiding Cdt Aviles all throughout the rehabilitation and recovery process," said Brigadier General Normando Sta. Ana, commander of AFPMC.
The AFP said the PMA community helped in raising funds for Aviles' medication. The PMA also assured the family of Aviles of their continued support and assistance.
"His bravery accounts for a lot of qualities our soldiers and cadets have in common. One of those is the selfless need to help other people even if it's at the risk of their own life. Cdt Aviles deserves to recover and we will fervently pray and hope for the best so he may continue with the courageous service he started in the PMA," AFP chief of staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa said.
Aviles was on his way to visit his parents in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan after serving as a proctor in the PMA entrance examination when the shooting occurred inside a jeepney.