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TACLOBAN, Philippines – All through her very short life, the parents had squeezed oxygen into her tiny body with a hand-held pump to keep her alive.
In the end, their prayers and whatever little medical care doctors could muster in the typhoon-ravaged hospital were not enough. Althea Mustacia, aged 3 days, died on Saturday.
She was born on Nov. 13, five days after Typhoon Haiyan annihilated a vast swath of the Philippines, killing more than 3,600 people. The storm's aftermath is still claiming victims — Althea was one of the latest.
A doctor said Sunday that Althea's parents took her away, wrapped in a small bundle.