Boxer's wife's act of heroism recognized by Philippine Congress

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS – “Mother instinct.” This is what took over expecting mom Rachel Donaire, wife of Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire Jr., during the incident that happened in their pool last week.

Rachel said that being nine months pregnant didn’t stop her from saving the little boy from drowning.

“He wasn’t too far down where I had to go down. I just had to put my hands underneath and then shove him up. He was next to the ledge. All he had to do was to put his hand out but he was panicking so he was sinking more. The boy was coughing when he came out but I don’t think he was under long enough to swallow enough where we have to resuscitate him. He was just really scared,” shared Rachel.

Nonito added that there were many people around the pool but the other did not realize what was happening to the little boy.

“Rachel was very aware of the moment when she saw the boy. She got up right away. She was so fast she seemed like ‘The Filipino Flash’!” he proudly said.

Rachel said it was quite an experience and that she had to go to the hospital the following day.

“We went to the hospital and they monitored him and they said he is fine the heart rate is fine, he is not under stressed but they said I strained a ligament on my right side, underneath the belly and everything you do is with the stomach,” she said.

Philippine lawmakers, Iloilo Representative Jerry Trenas, Samar Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento and Davao Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles plan to file a resolution to commend Rachel for her act of heroism. .

“I only did what I think anyone would do if they see another person struggling. Especially for a child in danger, I don’t think anyone will stop and hesitate,” she said.

“I’m really proud of her,” Nonito remarked.

The parents-to-be are expecting to see their baby anytime now. Nonito is still waiting for a confirmation on his next fight from Top Rank promotions, saying he wants to enjoy spending quality time with his family.

Meanwhile, the Clark County Fire Department continues to warn parents to never leave a child unattended for any reason and for any length of time as the majority of drowning deaths happen in a family pool in a brief lapse of supervision.

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