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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Dead’ woman yawns
BY CARLA GOMEZ
A woman brought to an Escalante City funeral parlor to be embalmed turned out to still be alive, while another resident of the city committed suicide in fear that she was suffering from dengue fever.

Editha Romeo, 52, who was suffering from cancer, and believed to have died, was brought to the Crisme Funeral Parlor in Barangay Balintawak, Escalante, at 11 p.m. Wednesday to be embalmed, but was found to still be alive.

Funeral parlor owner Gilda Crisme, a licensed embalmer, yesterday told ABS-CBN that she found Romeo still breathing and had even yawned.

Crisme said the family of Romeo did not have a death certificate so she told them to bring her to a hospital.

However, the Escalante police told the DAILY STAR that a blotter report showed that Romeo eventually died at her home in Barangay Pinapugasan, Escalante, at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Elizabeth Nuyad said Romeo, her sister, was dying from cancer at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City and was no longer moving, so the doctor allowed them to take her home provided they sign a waiver.

Nuyad said they thought her sister was already near death so they brought her to the funeral parlor at 11 p.m. Wednesday but it turned out she was still alive so they brought her home at 3 a.m. Thursday, but she died soon after.

They then brought Romeo’s body back to the funeral parlor to be embalmed.

Meanwhile, the Escalante police said Louena Panagini, a 31-year-old mother, was found hanging from a bamboo pole with her sweatshirt tied around her neck in Barangay Balintawak 5 a.m. yesterday.

Bebeth Mahusay told ABS-CBN that Panagini, her sister, took her own life out of fear that she had dengue fever and would contaminate her family.

She refused to believe that dengue is not contagious unless transmitted by a mosquito carrier, her sister said.

Panagini left a suicide note asking forgiveness from her husband and children, and explained that she took her life out of fear that she had dengue fever.

Panagini had been suffering from fever for four days and when she went for a check up the doctor told her she had an allergy but she insisted she had dengue, her sister said.*CPG

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