Baby Cloe heads home to PH for Christmas

by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News

 

SAN FRANCISCO — After nearly six months since her arrival in the U.S., baby Cloe Dumpai and her mother, Marites, are returning home to the Philippines — just in time for Christmas.

Baby Cloe endured multiple operations and therapy; however, she has made tremendous progress, much to the delight of her mother and supporters.

“She had five surgeries, in which her ears were reconstructed. Her forearms were released. Her foot was also released,” said Noble Paul Castro, from the Mabuhay Shriners Philippines. “Five months ago she was not able to walk, but look a the progress she has right now.”

“We’re happy that we get to bring Cloe home. Everything is going back to normal and I’m really happy that she is not suffering, like how she was before,” said Marites Dumpai, Cloe’s mother.

After suffering severe burns when a candle fell into her crib, Cloe was the first burn victim from the Philippines selected to receive treatment from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, CA, which specializes in burn victims.

According to Shriners, baby Cloe is expected to return to the US after two years to continue medical treatment. The hospital has committed to providing treatments for Cloe until she turns 18.

While Shriners took care of medical procedures, the Golden State Lions Club, and Greg and Lynn Mitchell, who housed Marites and Cloe for the past five months.

“You couldn’t ask for a better family than Greg and Lynn, and their children because they have accepted Marites and Cloe as part of their family,” said Nel Pacis, AMB. to Philippines, AAMES Shriners.

“They’re so nice. We are sad and happy, because I felt I didn’t get to show them all my appreciation,” Marites said. “I don’t think all this would happen without the help of the Shriners. Because if it wasn’t for them, Cloe would not be healthier and happier.”

While Cloe continues her recovery and treatment, the Shriners are already in the process of bringing over another burn victim from the Philippines to receive the same care.

 

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