7-year-old stray bullet victim battling for life



MANILA, Philippines—A seven-year-old child who has been inside the surgical intensive care unit of a Quezon City hospital after being hit in the head by a stray bullet during the New Year revelry survived two cardiac arrests early Wednesday, her attending physician said.

In a radio interview, Dr. Emmanuel Bueno of the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon said patient Stephanie Nicole Ella had two cardiac arrests—first around 5 a.m., and second around 10 a.m.

Tumigil po ang kanyang puso pero sa pagbibigay ng gamot ay nag respond sya at tumitibok nanaman po ang kanyang puso (Her heart stopped beating but through medication her heart responded again),” Bueno said.

He said Ella remained in a “very critical condition” and still on a respirator.

The Department of Health has pledged financial support for Ella’s medical needs, Bueno added.

Bueno earlier said Ella was in “deep comma,” and “any operation won’t do her good in her current condition.” The bullet has not been extracted from her body, and is now near the right side of her left eye.

Ella could undergo surgery to remove the bullet as soon as her “level of consciousness” improves, he said.

“Hindi kritikal iyong bala doon. Iyong injury na dinaanan ng bala ang nagbibigay ng problema sa kanya (The bullet inside her body is just all right. It is the injured bullet path that is causing a problem),” Bueno had said.

Ella was among the 413 injured persons caused by fireworks. Nine of them, including Ella,  were wounded from stray bullets while 404 others sustained injuries due to firecrackers.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FXCIZ3GD4CSNVVIUIVYX6VC4KI Apolinario

    Eto ang resulta kapag mga gunggong ang may hawak ng baril. Mgsa duwag kayong mga gunggong.

  • Leobert Aller Benedicto

    pnawagan sa nagpaputok ng baril, maawa k sa bata. paanu kng sau ang ngayari sa pmilya mu? sana sumuko kna:(

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    A ‘responsible man’ buys a gun and gets permit to carry.
    The same ‘responsible man’ tries to refuse the call of power he carries.
    The same ‘responsible man’ exposed to the ups and downs of life.
    Being just a man he is, the same ‘responsible man’ gave in to temptation.
    The same ‘responsible man’ used his gun ‘irresponsibly’.

    The result, an innocent human being was killed.

    Others cries for total gun ban while other gun owners tells everybody that it is not the GUN’s fault.


      Ask those questions to the most powerful man in this country. There will never be a TOTAL GUN BAN, because a boy refused to grow up!

      • muy_burritto

          I have a licensed gun, and my blood boils when I hear stories of indiscriminate firing victims.  If there is a way, get ballistics of the bullet as all licensed firearms go through ballistics testing in Crame.  It’s part of the thousands spent by a fire arms license owner for registering a firearm and getting a license.
          Question is, what are the chances that the bullet will match a licensed firearm considering roughly half of firearms here are illegal and loose?  How are you going to ban these guns then when these are already illegal?  

          Knives can equally cut, vehicles can ram, while guns shoot bullets.  People wield these and it is the malice of people that should be banned. Not guns.

      • TEAM PNOY

        Even responsible gun owners, like this dumb army reservist, pag nakainum at lasing na, magagamit yong baril sa indiscriminate firing. Ipagyayabang at ipapahiran pa sa kainuman.

        Pag TOTAL GUN BAN. walang legal or illegal firearm na magagamit sa pagpatay.ILLEGAL GUNS ARE BANNED AND ILLEGAL, but our below par police force find it hard to enforce and get those perpetrators. However, many legal guns are also used in indiscriminate firing.We have a below par police force, kaya nahihirapan huliin yong may mga illegal na firearm. Daming razon kesyo bodyguard ni congressman, mayor etc. Pag may batas na TOTAL GUN BAN, at pag hindi active duty policeman or armed services ng government, at pag may baril, huliin kagad kasi presumption ay criminal siya.; Wala ng legal na baril para sa non=law enforcement personnel.Kaya pati rebelde, moro npa abu or masasamang loob man, bago sila makagamit ng baril nila, pag may nakita na sukbit na baril, huliin kagad. Para mas mabilis sa pulis e enforce yong mga batas natin.Those people with guns have some form of psychological problem/s like immaturity. It is a way to escape whatever shortcomings they have. Pa macho effect pa?! Tulad ng immature na president!Ano ang ginamit sa mga mass murder sa states? Sa ampatuan massacre? at iba pang mga genocide?ang sagot ay BARIL!Most gun-owners  are fixated to their childhood years, not able to move on. Grow up big boy, your toy gun kills! Malice and gun is a deadly combination.

      • Gerard Lee

        agree but make sure that criminals don’t have guns too! you said that we have an inferior police force so how do you expect them to catch the criminals! easier said than done. i have owned and carried a gun all my life and im happy to say i had a chance before to prevent a crime in my house bec of that and if i didn’t have a gun then i’m pretty sure that i am not writing this reply to you..

      • TEAM PNOY

        As I have said, without the TOTAL GUN BAN. there are people who own gun/s legally. But there are also people who own gun/s illegally. With a lousy police force, the need to distinguish legal and illegal guns would be hard and cumbersome. The mamamayan cannot also pinpoint which one is legal or illegal (loose forearm), hence reporting illegal possession of firearm is difficult.

        With a TOTAL GUN BAN, anyone carrying a gun and who is not an active duty law enforcer (in uniform) will be considered a criminal. It will be easier for the policemen to catch illegal possession of firearm because all firearms (except those of the law enforcement agencies) will be considered loose and therefore illegal. Easier said than done? Of course not, but can you offer another option?

        I am sorry to tell you that most of the people who have registered firearms have two or three letter surnames like you. While there are people with chinky eyes that are nice, I am also sorry to say that there are also people who have chinky eyes that are very abusive. Everyday, they carry their firearms pretending to be somebody higher than law-enforcement agents in the Philippines. If you go back to your communist China or even Singapore, they have a very strict gun control. Only government agents can have gun/s. Look at their heinous crime rate caused by gun/s.

        You owned and carry a gun all you life, are you a government law enforcement agent? If not, you do not have the right to carry that gun. In this jurisdiction, it is only a privilege given to you by the Philippines. Please do not boast that you carry a gun all your life. Without being a racist, one syllabus surnames (especially rich kids) are perceived to be very abusive by most people!

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      Ill bite.

      You say it was a ‘responsible man’ who shot the round that killed or maimed an innocent man.

      By the ‘irresponsible’ action itself, the man is NOT ‘responsible’ in the first place, hence, the premise is wrong.  A responsible man can never do irresponsible things, and if he does, he wasn’t responsible enough in the first place.

      Having made an irresponsible action (of indiscriminate firing) one would conclude that the same ‘irresponsible’ man is, by deduction, also irresponsible, and so, different from responsible gun owners who, never would think to do such.

      Responsible gun owners know the weight of responsibility of firing a gun whether justified use, or otherwise (firing range, practice, etc.).  They know that they carry life and death in their hands, and that their action could change the course of many lives with the consequences that follows.

      Your premise to call an irresponsible man with irresponsible actions and bring them to the level of a responsible gun owner is therefore invalid.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

        Yes, because a responsible man can not and will never become irresponsible. :D

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


        I have personally known less than a hundred people who use pistols as part of their careers, some of whom have gone and retired, and not a single incident of indiscriminate firing, or irresponsible behavior involving pistols or small arms.

        One accident though, which took away one of his balls, literally. Funny, at that, but the it was a firing range accident on training.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

        A transition from responsible to irresponsible is hard to monitor. Not all gun owners are as ‘strictly’ responsible as your friends are.

        People change, and that is due to countless factors surrounding us.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Once again, agreed.

    • Gerard Lee

      ya but if a knife is used in the crime are they gonna propose a total knife ban too?

  • jajabeltran

    Malamang isang PULIS nanaman ang may sala dito. Tsk…tsk…tsk…

  • Ph3n0M47

    every single year…we read the same article.  When will it end?? SMH….


    Papano pag taga malakanyang ang nagpaputok ng baril?

  • $5699914

    Napaka duwag ng taong gumawa nito….kailan pa matututo ang ibang kababayan na HUWAG MAGPAPAPUTOK NG BARIL KAPAG BAGONG TAON!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    I say a prayer to the little girl….



    • Gerard Lee

      tama! pag me pinatay na gamit ay kutsilyo, TOTAL KNIFE BAN na din, ganun ba yun???

      • BLITZKRIEG166

        pwede din pre

  • Horst Manure

    Ok that’s it until next year move along nothing to see here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

    ok lang magpaputok ng baril pag new year, basta’t itutok lang sa sariling asawa, anak or kahit na sinong miyembro ng pamilya!

  • wilms1963

    ogag …ka kung sino ka man nagpapatok …sira ulo ka….di ko kayang pumatay ng tao  pero siguro pag nakita kita ..siguro .kaya kitang paputukan  harap harapan

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

      tapang ah! bili ka muna ng baril, baka mamaya eh sumpak lang yan. lols

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GZS5LUDQSON44UDVXB7NC3Z2SA jon

    Dapat magkaroon ng batas na magbibigay ng malaking pabuya sa kung sino makakapagturo sa kahit sinong nagpaputok ng baril kapag bagong taon…

  • beeznet

    When will we ever learn? Pagputi ng uwak?

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