05 March 2010

A Heroine Needs Help

Burning House
A six-year old girl sustained serious burns and remains hospitalized and needing assistance after she saved her four-month old brother from a fire that razed their home in Sipalay City on last 28 February 2010.

According to reports from Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod, Virginia Rojo, the second of three children of a laundrywoman estranged from her husband, was asleep in their home in Barangay San Jose, with her brother, who was in a makeshift hammock locally known as 'aboy-aboy', as their mother delivered the washed clothes to her clients.

When the fire broke out around 8:00 P.M., Virginia was roused from her sleep when, according to her, 'Papa Jesus' appeared in a dream and told her to save her brother.

As she picked up the infant, a burning curtain fell on Virginia. She suffered burns around the eyes, chest and arms as she shielded her brother from the flames. She is currently being treated for burns at a government hospital in Southern Negros and her family is now appealing for help from generous souls.

Her mother told the radio station that they have yet to receive any assistance from the local government.

Virginia's feat is reminiscent of Rhona Mahilum of Sagay City who, at the age of eight, saved five siblings from the fire that razed their home in Barangay Divina Colonia in 1996, suffering third degree burns in the process.

When her story belatedly made the news, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim was so moved he gave her a PhP 1 million trust fund in honor of her heroism and shouldered the costs of her treatment.