The sun has set early for a young athlete of the Davao Oriental Sunrisers.
Hadia P. Eronico, a 12-year-old elementary volleyball athlete, died late Wednesday due to complication of an illness.
Department of Education (DepEd) 11 spokesperson Jenielito “Dodong” Atillo confirmed the death of Eronico, who plays volleyball for the Davao Oriental girls elementary team in the ongoing Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) 2019.
Eronico, a resident of Ilangay, Lupon, Davao Oriental, reportedly expired around 7:45 p.m. of January 30 at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
Atillo bared that the attending physician found a dengue virus on Eronico in her test but it was later on ruled out and the official medical report stated the cause of death as pneumonia.
A separate interview, however, clarified that Eronico has not been feeling well since the start of competitions and did not see action.
In a separate interview by Edge Davao in their billeting quarter at the Imelda Elementary School on Thursday, Eronico’s coach Joezel Mae Duro, a 23-years old teacher from Aliwagwag Elementary School, clarified that the sick athlete was sidelined since the first match as she was already showing signs of ailment. She refused to reveal the official medical result of the deceased in respect to the family.
Duro said she has noticed Eronico’s constant coughing from the day the Davao Oriental delegation arrived in Davao City last January 24.
Eronico, according to Duro, was fit to play based on the medical screening made a month prior to the competition.
Duro also claimed that Eronico was very active despite her cough, however, everyone got alarmed when blood was present on the latter’s sputum that was observed early Tuesday which made them decide to bring the athlete to the hospital.
Atillo, meanwhile, said the Department of Education (DepEd) Davao Oriental Division is capable of giving assistance to the bereaved family and the host city as well as the DepEd Region 11 will be not be accountable of the tragic incident.
Athletes competing in the Deped-supervised sports conclave are required to undergo medical examination and submit a medical certificate before being allowed to compete. Edge Davao is still verifying records of Eronico submitted to Deped.
Deped 11, said Atillo, is saddened by the incident prompting the regional office to conduct an investigation to know other information prior to Eronico’s death.
He also bared that the City Health Office and their personnel are now intensifying its inspection in every billeting schools to remind them about the sanitation in their area.