On January of this year, Shieka and Francis were ecstatic after finding out they were expecting twins. Shieka recollected how glad her husband was.
He has been ‘sleeping’ for nine months already.
“As in happy talaga siya, kahit sino ‘yung makita niya, ‘yung mga kakilala niya, sinasabi niya na twins daw ang anak namin (He was very happy, whoever he meets, his acquaintances, he would tell them that we’ll have twin babies), ” she recalled.
But their happiness didn’t last long. Francis came home complaining that his chest was painful after an overnight duty for the Sinulog Festival in Cebu. When his wife looked at him, he was somewhat choking.

Francis was considered dead on arrival upon reaching the hospital but, fortunately, the doctors were able to revive him. He suffered Hypoxic and Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) because of the cardiac arrest and cardiac arrhythmia. His brain was damaged due to HIE, and was in a coma. He stayed in the intensive care unit (ICU) for 3 months before he was taken home.
Last August, Shieka gave birth to the twins. Unfortunately, Francis was still in a coma, and has already lost sight in his eyes due to complications.
Hopeful and optimistic, Shieka said she will never get tired: “Mahal na mahal ko po siya, at gagawin ko po ang lahat para lang sa kanya (I love him very much, and I will do everything for him).”
What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage that occurs when a patient’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood. It is a dangerous condition that requires immediate medical intervention.


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