Valenzuela commends neonatalogist Dr. Kharen Abat-senen
KNOWN for her beautiful singing voice in a trending video after recovering from COVID-19 last July, the City Government of Valenzuela commends the late Dr. Kathlynne Anne “Kharen” Abatsenen for her services as a medical frontliner despite being exposed to COVID-19 – a risk that eventually led to her passing after being reinfected by the virus.
Dr. Abat-senen also hails from Barangay Gen. T. De Leon and sadly passed away after a COVID-19 reinfection last August 23, 2020.
Apart from being the only neonatologist in Valenzuela City, Dr. Abat-senen is also a consultant at the Department of Pediatrics of Valenzuela Medical Center (VMC), a medical frontliner at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), an infectious disease expert, and has also served patients in the province of Bulacan.
Dr. Abat-senen is also one of the doctors who attended to “Baby Jade” back in 2016.
The “Baby Jade” case, a newly-born infant found on a trash bin at the Jade Garden Condominium and Townhomes in Brgy. Marulas, Valenzuela City, drew national attention in 2016 as the poor infant battled a two-week coma after suffering from deprivation of oxygen due to a brain tissue destruction. Baby Jade later died and her mother, a housemaid at the townhomes, is currently serving a life sentence at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City since 2017.
Together with the City Government of Valenzuela, Dr. Abat-senen is at the forefront in providing medical attention to Baby Jade at the VMC.
Dr. Abat-senen first tested positive for COVID-19 in June and was discharged last July 1, 2020 after testing negative. Two (2) days later, she was rushed back to PGH and tested positive again to COVID-19.
Mayor REX Gatchalian and Vice Mayor Lorie Natividad-borja have extended their condolences to Dr. Jerome Senen, Dr. Abatsenen’s husband, and gave Php 300,000 as financial assistance in support to the Senen family through the passing of City Ordinance No. 776, Series of 2020.
The City Council also passed Resolution No. 1777, Series of 2020 on August 24, 2020 commending her heroic act in performing her duties despite being exposed to COVID-19, faithfully rendering services for her chosen profession.