Pimentel’s wife gives birth after husband enmeshed in COVID-19 controversy

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 30 2020 11:09 AM | Updated as of Apr 01 2020 06:26 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and his wife Kathryna welcomed their first daughter on Sunday, about a week after the senator tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Maria Kathryn Helena, fondly called "Leyna," was born on March 29, a source told ABS-CBN News.

"She's a miracle baby," the source said, declining to disclose more information about the delivery.

Mrs. Pimentel was supposed to give birth on March 25 at the Makati Medical Center (MMC), but her Cesarean operation had to be moved after her husband was told that he was COVID-19 positive.

Doctors required Mrs. Pimentel to undergo COVID testing before allowing her to give birth to their daughter.

A source told ABS-CBN News that the senator's child was not born in MMC, the hospital which issued a strong statement against Pimentel for supposedly endangering its staff when he visited the hospital when he was yet to complete his 14-day quarantine. 

MMC's chief was also among those who criticized Sen. Pimentel for accompanying his pregnant wife to the hospital despite manifesting symptoms of the coronavirus, exposing several health workers to the highly contagious disease.

Pimentel has 2 older sons from a previous marriage.