Issue of July 20, 2014

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Autopsy reveals mauling triggered vendor’s death
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The blows he sustained were so severe that his small intestines ruptured and surgery had to be performed to remove the fluids and blood clots to prevent infection in his abdominal cavity.

The autopsy done on Oscar Caranto, the vendor who was allegedly mauled to death by some members of the Public Order and Safety Division showed he had multiple hematomas on his chest, upper central portion of the abdomen, flank, knees; multiple abrasions on the knees; multiple vesicular and bullous lesions at the upper central abdomen, flank, leg and scrotal area, peritonitis or inflammation of the inner wall of the abdomen, anasarca (edema or pamamanas), and jaundice.

In Caranto’s clinical abstract, his admitting diagnosis was “partial intestinal obstruction probably secondary to blunt abdominal injury.”

According to several physicians interviewed by the Baguio Midland Courier, Caranto could already have a lingering disease in the liver and the blows to his stomach could have injured his already delicate internal organs.

Caranto was allegedly mauled by the POSD on June 24. His wife had him admitted at the Baguio General Hospital on June 27 after he complained of abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weakness.

He died on July 4. His death certificate which was released by the office of Vice Mayor Edison Bilog showed Caranto’s immediate cause of death was multiple organ failure. His death’s antecedent cause was septic shock, myoglobinuria or muscle destruction, and the underlying cause, acute abdomen secondary to ruptured jejunum (small intestine) secondary to mauling, hemoperitoneum or the spread of blood and other fluids from the intestine due to trauma.

Police has yet to release an official report on their investigation regarding the incident.

Caranto’s family has also not filed a case against the POSD as of this time. Bilog, adviser of Caranto’s widow Rosalina, said they have yet to gather the affidavits of people who witnessed the POSD’s alleged mauling.

Meantime, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he is not for the abolition of the POSD as requested by some sectors. He said the POSD are now being evaluated by the Human Resources department.

“Despite the setback, the city remains firm in the implementation of the anti-illegal vending policy and we will continue to ban vendors along the sidewalks and roads. Please cooperate,” Domogan said in a recent dialogue with the vendors.

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