Filipino toddler burn victim back home for Christmas

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 21 2016 04:35 PM

After nearly six months since her arrival in the U.S., toddler burn victim Cloe Dumapai and her mother, Marites, are now back home in the Philippines, just in time for Christmas. Photo by Raoul Esperas

The mother and child arrived in Manila via Eva Air. They were welcomed by Mabuhay Shriners Philippines upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

Baby Cloe endured multiple operations and therapy and has made tremendous progress, much to the delight of her mother and supporters.

“Ngayon po nakakalakad na si Cloe, kaya na rin po niya tumayo at makikita po ninyo ang ngiti ni Cloe kung kaya po taus-puso ang aking pasasalamat sa lahat po ng bumubuo ng Mabuhay Shriners Philippines,” said Marites.

The toddler suffered severe burns when a candle fell into her crib. She was the first burn victim from the Philippines selected to receive treatment at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, California which specializes in burn victims.

According to the Shriners, baby Cloe is expected to return to the US after two years to continue medical treatment. The hospital has committed to providing treatments for Cloe until she turns 18.

While the Shriners took care of medical procedures, it was the Golden State Lions Club, and Greg and Lynn Mitchell, who housed Marites and Cloe for the past five months.

“You couldn’t ask for a better family than Greg and Lynn, and their children because they have accepted Marites and Cloe as part of their family,” said Nel Pacis, ambassador to Philippines, AAMES Shriners.

“Masaya na malungkot kasi hindi ako nagpaalam sa kanila ng maayos at saka sa mga sponsor namin. Wala akong masabi sa kanila, sobrang bait. Kung hindi dahil sa Shriners, hindi magiging ganito si Cloe,” Marites said before her departure for Manila.

While Cloe continues her recovery and treatment, the Shriners are already in the process of bringing over another burn victim from the Philippines to receive the same care. With a report from Raoul Esperas

Read more on Balitang America.