An unidentified health worker holds then-16-day-old Kobe Menjares after the infant recovered from COVID-19. (DOH photo)

The youngest coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) survivor in the Philippines passed away, his father announced on Thursday.

Kobe Manjares, born on April 12, was infected with COVID-19 five days after he was born. The baby boy recovered and was sent home from the National Children’s hospital a week after.

But Kobe’s father, Ronnel Manjares, said in an interview with ABS-CBN News that baby Kobe was sent back to the hospital due to constipation.

Manjares said that Kobe was later diagnosed with a blood infection, fluctuating sugar levels, and a bloated stomach.

“I talked to the doctor last night and he said my son would be intubated. I was told later that he was gone,” Ronnel Manjares said.

Meanwhile, the Manjares family still needs to travel from Alabang to Quezon City to claim baby Kobe’s body. Ronnel Manjares said that he does not have enough money to pay for Kobe’s burial. He works as a construction worker.

For those who wish to help the Manjares family financially, you may contact them by contacting this number” (0951) 999-2328. (RJ Espartinez)