Pregnant Davao blast victim dies; death toll now 15

Pregnant Davao blast victim dies; death toll now 15

DAVAO CITY — The death toll in the September 2 explosion at the Roxas night market here is now 15 after the six-month pregnant victim expired on Monday night at the Metro Davao Medical and Research Center (MDMRC).

Vicenta Depalubos Asperin, who fought for her and her unborn baby’s lives for almost two weeks, was declared dead around 10:17 p.m. Monday. Her child also died in her womb.

Asperin was one of the seriously injured victims of the explosion. A splinter entered her nose and went straight to her brain.

According to her brother, Gregorio Depalubos, Asperin was declared brain dead by her attending physician minutes before her last breath.

“Last night she was declared brain dead by her doctor, after several minutes she was no longer breathing,” Depalubos said.

He said doctors did everything that they could, but his sister already gave up.

Depalubos said he could not explain his pain and that of their family after losing their younger sister.

“I can’t understand the pain that we are feeling, she can’t bear it anymore though she’s a fighter but she can’t go on anymore. Before she was brought to the hospital, she asked my sister to help her, what was happening to her,” Depalubos said, adding the family is now asking that justice be served to them.

“We want justice for her. We hope that they (suspects) will be caught, they will pay for what they have done, my younger sister is innocent, she’s pregnant! They really need to pay, I hope they will be caught immediately,” he added.

Asperin, a massage therapist, was attending to her client, 12-year-old Daniel Larrida, at the time of the explosion. The boy died on the spot.

Asperin’s husband John Lord was in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province at the time of the incident.

The two were married only last March and were expecting their first child – a girl. Funny Pearl Gajunera/PNA/