At 16 days old, Baby Kobe also known as Baby Survivor is the youngest patient to recover from the coronavirus disease in the Philippines.
The Department of Health posted the news about the newborn baby being discharged from the National Children’s Hospital after it survived COVID-19.
“Meet BABY SURVIVOR, a 16-day old baby who conquered COVID-19! Our frontliners at the National Children’s Hospital tirelessly took care of the neonate for 11 days and successfully nursed him back to health!” the Health Department’s social media announced on April 30, 2020.
Neonatologist Dr. Sherwin William Leonardo said Baby Kobe was just 5 days old when he was admitted to the hospital due to constipation and fever. Doctors also noticed an enlargement in his stomach. The baby was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction and recovered after taking antibiotics.
On the 9th day of his admission, Baby Kobe tested positive for COVID-19.
Kobe was discharged last April 26, and together with his mother, is undergoing another 14-day quarantine at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa.
The survival of Baby Kobe has sparked hope in people, especially that children and the elderly have been identified as the most susceptible to COVID-19 infection.
There is still no approved vaccine or cure for the disease and health professionals around the world have been conducting clinical trials for 4 types of treatment recommended by the World Health Organization. The Philippines has also been conducting clinical trials for the use of Virgin Coconut Oil as anti-viral treatment at the UP-Philippine General Hospital and in the CALABARZON region.
Overseas Filipino student Kelly Abagat went on Good News Pilipinas TV and shared the story of her battle with the COVID-19 infection alone at home in Berlin, Germany while journalist Howie Severino talked about his own journey of COVID-19 survival to help other patients.
SEND CHEERS to Baby Kobe, his family, and the team of health workers who nursed the baby towards surviving COVID-19.
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