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  • Child Actress Sophia Corullo Had On-and-Off Fever Before She Died of Severe Dengue

    Sophia Corullo was last seen onscreen in a ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ episode aired the day before she passed.
    by Rachel Perez .
Child Actress Sophia Corullo Had On-and-Off Fever Before She Died of Severe Dengue
PHOTO BY Niña Sophia Gabrielle on Facebook
  • Kapamilya child actress Nina Sophia Gabrielle “Sophie” Corullo passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019. The former “Mini Me” contestant on ABS-CBN noontime show It’s Showtime was only 6 years old. Her remains lie in her family home in Poblacion, Makati City.

    Her family confirmed with ABS-CBN News that Sophia died due to severe dengue. “We are asking for your help to pray for her soul to be in peace in heaven and guide and heal her family,” JAMS Artist Production, which managed Sophia, said in a statement.

    Two of the little girl’s siblings are still confined in the hospital. One had been diagnosed with dengue and is in critical condition while the other remains under observation (it has not been verified if his condition is dengue as well).

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    On a Facebook post, Madelaine Castro, a relative of the family based on her post and comments, recounted how everything happened very quickly. Sophie had a slight sinat, and she was given paracetamol. She would complain of a headache or stomach ache, but the family thought it was related to a tooth growing. In fact, she even got to do a taping for an MMK episode.

    According to Madelaine, on August 17, Sophia's mom, Angeli Castro Corullo, noticed her usually bubbly daughter was lethargic and not eating well. They brought Sophia to the hospital immediately and to the family's shock, they were told by the doctors that Sophie’s “internal organs were already ruptured, [she was] severely dehydrated, [had] a very weak pulse, [and] zero blood pressure.”


    Madelaine, who wrote she survived dengue twice, said that blood transfusion, which is sometimes used to manage dengue, was no longer recommended at this point.

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    “It was so sudden. None of us saw it coming. I’m posting this because as a mother too ayaw naming maranasan pa ng iba yung sakit na mawalan ng anak. Dahil sa nag-umpisa sa simpleng lagnat,” Madelaine stressed.

    “I strongly advise na wag niyo balewalain ang simpleng lagnat ng mga bata kahit pa makita nyong masigla, maganang kumain. Please don't. Seek medications ASAP. Iba na ang mundo ngayun, these mosquitoes are evolving and getting stronger. Strong immune system helps.”

    More popularly known as Baby Sophie, Sophia rose to fame when she introduced herself as “Mini Anne Curtis” on It’s Showtime’s “MiniMe” segment last March 2018. She first starred in a Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode entitled “#MMKSchoolGirls” last March 11, 2019.

    She was last seen onscreen on MMK’s #MMKLovelyNanny episode, headlined by Yen Santos and Rafael Roseli, which aired the day before she died on August 17, 2019.

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    Yen honored her “baby angel” for their episode that reached a new record high.

    Yen Santos paid tribute to her young co-star, Sophie Corullo, who died of dengue a day after their Maalaala Mo Kaya episode aired.
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    “Napakabait po nun. Lahat ng pangarap niya para sa mga kapatid niya,” Angeli told ABS-CBN News. She added Sophie’s last wish was for her last paycheck be used to pay for her’ sister’s schooling.

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    The Department of Health (DOH) has declared a national dengue epidemic in August 2019. Metro Manila alone recorded 11, 123 dengue cases as of August 10. GMA News reported that 856 of these cases were recorded in a week, and most of the patients are children aged 5 to 9.

    Parents are urged to know the signs of dengue. It’s always better to be sure than sorry. Bring your child to the hospital if you observed any of these symptoms:

    • sudden recurring high fever
    • severe headache
    • pain around the eyes
    • rashes
    • bleeding of the gums and nose
    • severe abdominal pain
    • persistent vomiting

    The DOH is also urging everyone to be vigilant in taking the most effective way to prevent dengue, which is “4S strategy.”

    • Search and destroy mosquito breeding places.
    • Self-protective measures like long sleeves and the use of insect repellent.
    • Seek early consultation on the first signs and symptoms of the disease.
    • Say yes to fogging if there is an impending outbreak.

    Click here to read the latest guidelines of our local pediatricians on dengue.

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