One of Barrera quintuplet babies dies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2009 09:05 AM | Updated as of May 04 2009 07:51 PM

Six days after being born, one of the five babies born to live-in partners Jeremy Fernandez and Lolita Barrera in Manila has died due to neonatal sepsis.

Dr. Katherine Gamboa, attending physician at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, said the third baby, Melody Frances, became pale and exhibited signs of general body weakness Saturday morning.

She said the baby's heartbeat slowed down Saturday night. Emergency procedures failed to revive the baby who died at 9:30 p.m.

Gamboa said the baby died due to neonatal sepsis, which is a common ailment for babies who are born prematurely.

She said doctors are now closely monitoring the health of the four remaining babies -- Korina Isabel, Marie Loralaine, Sarah Erika and Wena Mavinia -- who are all in incubators.

The babies' mother said she was saddened by the death especially since Melody was one of the strongest of the five.

Barrera, 27, gave birth prematurely to the quintuplets at JRMMC last Sunday. It was the first recorded case of quintuplets being born alive in the Philippines.

Several politicians and ordinary people have flocked to the hospital to give financial support to the couple who are both jobless.

Among the visitors of the quintuplets were Sen. Mar Roxas and his fiancée, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, who also became the infants’ proud godparents.