MANILA - A 13-year-old boy shot by a policeman had his kidneys removed by doctors without the consent of his parents, his grieving mother said Monday.
PO2 Omar Malinao of Tondo's Raxabago police station said he was chasing several looters at a slaughterhouse when he tripped and accidentally pulled the trigger of his pistol on the night of March 2.
A single bullet from Molinao's gun hit Aldrinne Pineda, a Grade 6 student who was hanging out with a friend nearby.
The wounded teenager managed to walk home and tell his family that he "will fight" before he was rushed to the Tondo Medical Center, his mother Michelle said.
During Pineda's surgery, Michelle said his doctor gave her a container with her son's kidneys, telling her the organs had to be removed due to extensive damage from the gunshot.
"Hindi niya po sa akin sinabi na tatanggalin ang organ ng anak ko. Hindi po siya nagsalita; basta ipinakita niya po sa akin, tanggal na po ang organ ng anak ko," Michelle told DZMM.
(The doctor did not tell me that he will remove my kid's organ. The doctor did not say anything, and instead just showed me that my child's organ has been taken out.)
Michelle said her son could have survived if his kidneys were not taken out.
"Lumalaban po iyung anak ko... talagang malakas pa po ang anak ko. Naniniwala po ako na kung hindi nila tinanggal iyung kidney, mayroon pa pong pag-asa na buhay ang anak ko,"
(My son was fighting, he was strong. I believe that had they not removed his kidney, he would have had a chance to live.)
Pineda's family has sought help from the Commission on Human Rights to lodge a complaint against the hospital after the agency issues the results of an autopsy it conducted on the slain teenager.
Malinao, meanwhile, is facing a charge of murder before the Manila City Prosecutor's Office.
A friend of Pineda has disputed the policeman's account of the killings, saying the officer fired his gun after being teased by neighborhood children. -- Report from Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News