Losing a child is perhaps the most heartbreaking thing that a parent has to go through, more so if it happens in a snap, and you were right there when it happened.
Six months before supposed to be baby Alonzo’s second birthday, his mother Angelica de Leon-Panganiban kissed his forehead
As she laid him to rest.
For mom Angelica de Leon-Panganiban, January 14, 2021, started like any other day. She woke up at around six a.m. and her 18-month-old son, Alonzo, soon followed. “I gave him a bottle of his milk and let him watch Blippi,” the mom writes in a public Facebook post.
There was nothing unusual and no hint at what would soon happen. Angelica breastfed her son around 11 a.m. and he fell asleep. Since the boy was sleeping soundly, the mom went out to the kitchen for a bit to cook their lunch and do some chores.
“I checked on him and that’s the time that I saw his lips [are] already purple-ish. I tapped his cheeks and shouting for him to wake up, but when I held his hand, it’s already cold. I did a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but I can no longer hear his heartbeat,” she shares.
Baby Alonzo was rushed to the nearest hospital, Panganiban said. Doctors had tried to revive him but he was declared d3ad by 2 p.m.
Panganiban said her second child d1ed of aspiration and sudden infant d3ath syndrome (SIDS), according to doctors. Her first child, daughter Lauraine Amarah, was born prematurely in 2017 and d1ed when she was 14 days old, according to Panganiban.
She hopes her pain can help others cherish every moment they have with their child.