- Alyana Bautista, a 17-year-old football prospect who was supposed to play for the Ateneo de Manila University this year, died after getting infected with COVID-19
- Before acquiring COVID-19, she was already diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- This illness got worse after getting infected with COVID-19, according to her sister, Martie Bautista
- Martie added that Alyana was also planning to go abroad this year and to learn how to drive as she would have turned 18 this September
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A 17-year-old football prospect who was supposed to play for the Ateneo de Manila University this year died after getting infected with COVID-19, according to her family’s social media post.
Alyana Bautista, before acquiring COVID-19, was already diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Her illness, which affects the central nervous system, got worse after getting infected with COVID-19, according to her sister, Martie Bautista.
She added that Alyana was also planning to go abroad this year and to learn how to drive as she would have turned 18 this September.
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“These past few months have been difficult for Yana. She was diagnosed with ADEM that was further complicated by COVID-19. Many challenges continued to surface where much of them left us extremely exhausted-- especially for my little sister.
“It is to our despondency to announce that my sister is now finally at peace and with God.
“Yana had a lot of things planned out for this year. She had high hopes booting up for Ateneo as she was expecting to come in as a freshman this August. Yana was also thrilled planning for our future trips abroad as a family. Overall, we knew how exhilarated she was to learn how to drive as this September would mark her 18th birthday.
“Many of you have had a personal and deep connection with my sister. She was a captain, teammate, friend, sister, and daughter. She was always lively, stylish, and comical. We hope you understand that we would need time and space to face this situation. We appreciate all the prayers you are sending out to our family and we are here for you as we mourn together.
“Those who are interested in attending her service this weekend (July 25 & 26) kindly contact us through private message. We can accommodate a time slot for you to ensure the proper health protocols of social distancing,” Martie posted on Facebook.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have already died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid the pandemic. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that returning to the 'old normal' may not be possible soon because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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