Ateneo-bound footballer Yana Bautista succumbs to COVID-19

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 24, 2020 05:19 PM
Ateneo-bound footballer Yana Bautista succumbs to COVID-19
(Photo from Martie Bautista on Facebook)

17-year old Ateneo de Manila University-bound footballer Alyana "Yana" Bautista passed away due to COVID-19, Thursday. 

The heartbreaking news was delivered by older sister Martie, who is a member of the Philippine Women's National Football Team, a former Lady Eagles footballer, and a former UAAP courtside reporter for Ateneo. 

"It is to our despondency to announce that my sister is now finally at peace and with God," Martie wrote. 

Martie also explained that Yana was diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis or ADEM, a rare disease that affects the central nervous system, which was then complicated by the COVID-19 virus. 

"Yana had a lot of things planned out for this year. She had high hopes booting up for Ateneo as she was expecting to come in as a freshman this August. Yana was also thrilled planning for our future trips abroad as a family. Overall, we knew how exhilarated she was to learn how to drive as this September would mark her 18th birthday," Martie continued.

The Philippine Football Federation also expressed their condolences through an official statement. 

"The Philippine Football Federation (PFF), its officials and staff, join the Philippine football community in mourning the loss of Alyana Bautista, who passed away Thursday 23 July 2020." 

 

Our deepest condolences to Martie and the rest of the Bautista family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this trying time.  

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