By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
Surgeons at the Makati Medical Center have reattached the right arm of a female commuter 11 hours after it was severed when she fell onto the tracks of the Metro Rail Transit 3 Ayala Station in Makati City on Tuesday.
Transportation Undersecretary for Rail Cesar Chavez was informed by attending physicians that Angeline Fernando’s arm was reconnected on Wednesday, at 3:46 a.m.
“The bone, the nerve and vessels are reconnected. She is under observation at least until Friday,” said Chavez.
Based on the statements of Fernando’s parents, Jose and Gloria, and her friends, Chavez said, Angeline often suffers dizziness whenever she finds herself in the midst of a huge crowd.
“Angeline would step out whenever we hear mass in a crowded church because she would have difficulty breathing whenever there are many people around her,” Fernando’s mother said.
A close friend of the victim also said there was one time when Fernando nearly collapsed when they went malling in Makati.
“We rushed Angeline to the hospital and found out she has low blood pressure,” the friend told Chavez.
Chavez personally spoke with the 24-year-old victim while inside the hospital’s operating room and told her the MRT3 will extend financial help to cover her hospitalization fees. He assured her, “we will never leave you.”
Fernando is a resident of Pasay City and works as a senior quality engineer at Makati-based information technology firm. She was on her way to work when the incident happened.
The MRT3 accident happened on Tuesday, about 2:30 p.m., at the northbound station of the Ayala station.
Based on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, Fernando was on her way wait out of the train when she lost her balance and fell, with her right arm getting caught in between the couplers connecting the first and second coaches.
Due to the impact, Fernando’s arm was cut off near the armpit when it hit the couplers as the train sped off.
Emergency response personnel attended to Fernando who was conscious when rushed to the hospital.
Operations of the MRT was back to normal by 4 p.m.