2 Filipino Burn Victims Now Out of Critical List

Consul General Leo Herrera Lim visits Renato Dominguez, one of three Filipino offshore oil workers injured in the November 16 oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico, at the Regional Burn Unit of the Baton Rouge General Hospital in Louisiana on Saturday, 1 December 2012. Also in photo are Mrs. Eva Dominguez and Deputy Consul General Orontes Castro Jr. (photo by Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, DC)

BATON ROUGE—Eva Dominguez knew her husband Renato, one of three Filipino offshore oil workers seriously burned in the November 16 Gulf of Mexico fire, has made it out of the critical list when the 52-year-old pipefitter asked her for a kiss the other day.

“When Rey gestured that he wanted a kiss, I knew the worst was over,” said Eva, a 49-year-old accountant and mother of three from Bataan. “I thank God for hearing the prayers of my family and the Filipino people.”

It was not only Dominguez whose condition has improved. Another Filipino burn victim has also been removed from the critical list while a third remains in good condition, according to the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C.

Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. was among the first to welcome the development, which was confirmed by the Baton Rouge General Hospital where the three Filipinos have been undergoing treatment since the November 16 accident that claimed the lives of three other Filipinos.

“We welcome the good news that our two kababayans are no longer in the critical list,” Ambassador Cuisia said. “We will continue to pray that their condition will keep on improving in the coming days.”

Ambassador Cuisia said he has informed Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert G. Del Rosario about the improved condition of the three, which was reported to him by Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.

Consul General Herrera-Lim was in Baton Rouge over the weekend to condole with the families of Avelino Tajonera and Jerome Malagapo and to visit the three patients and their families. He was accompanied by Labor Attache Luzviminda Padilla and Welfare Officer Saul De Vries of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

According to Consul General Herrera-Lim, Renato Dominguez and the other Filipino, whose family requested that the victim not be identified, are now both conscious and could move certain parts of their bodies.

Both men have been in critical condition since they were first brought into the Regional Burn Unit of the hospital for treatment of the serious burns they sustained when fire broke out in the offshore oil platform they were working on off the coast of Louisiana.

The third Filipino, Wilberto Ilagan, could now walk unaided, according to Consul General Herrera-Lim, who also assured the 50-year-old welder from Batangas of the Philippine Government’s continuing assistance and readiness to act on his and the other victims’ request for assistance.

Consul General Herrera-Lim also assured Malagapo’s family of assistance in facilitating the repatriation of the remains of the 28-year-old pipefitter from Danao City in Cebu. ###

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