While I was relaxing searching for videos on youtube, I came across with this heartbreaking clip from Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. This documentary show is the leading among the local networks in the country.
GMA 7 always produces the best, the reliable and passionate documentary shows that other networks can't meet. This is my own opinion though. After all, one's definition of perfect is subjective.
In the first part of the video, you will see a house build in a challenging area. The roof is rusty and has holes in it, the walls don't have a great foundation.
Meanwhile, you will hear a child screaming for help. It's as if she's oppressed. It's as if she's being deprived of her rights as a child.
From there, you will feel a deep cry for help. Her name is Precious, not her true name, 11 years old. She's been tied in her bed for 8 years already. Her mother was asked what's the reason behind her action of tying her daughter in bed for 8 years.
Precious was born as a blue baby. She did not cry when she was delivered. Her family can't afford to send her for an executive screening because of poverty.
Newborn babies need to cry so their lungs will be exercised for proper breathing. That is why doctors slap the newborn babies' butts to stimulate them from crying.
In Precious' case, she did not so there were complications in her brain that manifested in her situation right now.
As seen in the video, she has malnutrition. Her behavior is way behind her age. Both of her hands and feet are already bruised from where the ties were intact. You can also see a scar on her head. Her mother said that if she doesn't get what she wants, Precious gets violent and does self-harm. She bangs her head on the bed until it bleeds.
There was one time when Precious managed to free herself from the ties. What she did was she held a knife and attempted to hurt herself by stabbing her stomach. There were several instances too when she got too violent with her family. When she sees anything sharp, she attempts to hurt anybody.
So the family had no choice but to tie her for everyone's sake. It's so heartbreaking to watch the video.
The only chance she gets free from the bed is when her father arrives. At least her father can carry and accompany her to roam around the area. That's when I saw Precious smiling but then again, it only takes a short period because her illness attacks again.
When the show has finally aired Precious' story, the network helped the family to have Precious get checked by a Specialist.
By then, Precious' diagnosis is Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy. It is a type of newborn brain damage that is caused by a lack of oxygen. As a result, there is a developmental delay in her motor skills and mental skills.
The show reassured the family to help Precious in her recovery. As the doctor said, it will take months to recover. However, with a strong support system, I am certain that Precious will recover.
This idiomatic expression can be associated with Precious' condition but the catch is, I took that expression sarcastically.
Her family has been through a lot. Always in pain, sorrow, famine, and emotional distress.
If you want to watch the documentary, here's the video link.
The video is age-restricted so the thumbnail could not be displayed.
I wish I could do more to help the family rather than just crying about their situation but what I can definitely offer is to send prayers for them and Precious' recovery.
I am currently editing my new piano cover. Finally, after a month of being stagnant. I will upload it as soon as I'm done.
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