"Little Virginia saves baby brother, suffers severe burns - Sat, Mar 06, 2010 Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - Heroism knows no age. Virginia Rojo is proof of that. She is just 6 years old.
Virginia became the toast of her barangay in Sipalay City in Negros Occidental when, at dusk on Sunday, she used her body as a shield to save her four-month-old baby brother from a fire that destroyed their tiny home.
Now, she seemed bewildered by all the fuss around her.
She is severely burned on her face, nose, the area around her eyes, and hands. She said she was not alone as 'Papa Jesus' woke her up to save the baby.
The mother is a single parent with another daughter aged 9."
Well, I have to assume that what is reported is true as it is a news reported in the Philippines. I like the story and want to believe that it is what happened.
Lessons for me are:
1. Great to learn that 2 lives were safe from the raging fire. Young Virginia's heroism must be acknowledged. At such a young age, she has to be tasked to take care of the baby while her single-parent mother went out to work with her 9-year old elder sister to make a living. To compound their misery, their father supposedly abandoned them late last year. It is a very sad situation. Yet, life must go on for them. Those who are still alive and left behind!;
2. In a way it is wonderful that they are still alive after that ordeal. They still want to live and get on with life despite the dire situation they are in now. As long as there is a will to live and move forward, life a worth celebrating no matter how hard it may be. Hopefully she will get a lot of help in the recuperating process as the medical care will be costly. She deserved a better chance than most for this courageous act. Some called it a miracle. Surely the people that can help in their neighbourhood will help as none want to see a miracle turns into a tragedy!;
3. I am not sure how will I react if I were in their situation. Maybe I will never understand as I am not them. I do believed that in such a dire situation, if you don't wake up each morning and say to yourself: "It will be better tomorrow!"; you will be doomed. You will give up on yourself and your life. Maybe I think too much as I sit in the comfort of my room. Maybe for the mother, the 9-year old, and now the severely burned 6-year old, they do not have the luxury to think and reflect on such issues. They just have to do something if they are to see tomorrow on a full or partially full stomach!
May Virginia gets all the help she need to recuperate and recover. May this miracle extend and we hear about her 10-year later that her life continued to improve.