Father of girl who collapsed in a basketball game had mixed emotions on cause of daughter’s death

Almost two months after the tragic sudden demise of a promising teenage basketball player during a game, the autopsy and cause of death was finally revealed to her family.
Ramir Nuestro, father of a 16 years-old sophomore student of Homestead High school in Cupertino Kimberly Nuestro who collapsed in the middle of her basketball game at Mission College in Santa Clara admitted having had mixed emotions after getting the results of the autopsy on his daughter’s death.
“We finally got the autopsy report on Kimberley. The cause of death of our girl was heart arrhythmia caused by gene mutations which is considered rare,” Ramir disclosed who evidently is still in mourning. “The doctors are strongly advising my wife and I together with our three children to get our blood tested. We sincerely hope that this was unique with Kimberley, something that she developed growing up. My wife and I already had our blood drawn and the results would probably be known before the end of July. The children will be next as we are ready to do everything to make sure that we are all aware of the things we need to know to avoid what happened to Kimberley.”
Nevertheless, Ramir was somewhat consoled that the condition that led to her death was not due to playing basketball, the game she loved playing the most..
“We feel a bit better that the cause of her death is not in being sporty, not in playing basketball. We were told that others who also suffer from this rare disease may not show symptoms and may even die while sleeping certainly not the same as what happened to Kimberley who was even active when tragedy struck.”
It would be recalled that valuable player Kimberly was playing her second game on May 7 when n the middle of the game she collapsed after going for a loose ball. Photo: 

NBA Champions Golden State Warriors ace player Steph Curry wished that he could have met Kimberly Nuestro before she passed and signed her shoes as she wished to “hopefully honor her life with those shoes.”

curry with shoes

Although Kimberley may have been accidentally pushed from behind that caused her to fall and hit her head on the floor, the result of the autopsy did not indicate that loose ball struggle was the reason that she collapsed as she got up at once after that.

She then wass able to convince her coach to put her back into the game but less than a minute after, she felt her chest, went to the sidelines, sat down then fell again. Then they tried to revive her shortly even before the 911 paramedics came while she remained unconscious and appeared to be losing breath already on the way to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Kimberley had to be flown later by helicopter to Stanford University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Ramir described Kimberly as a simple girl, very kind who dreamt big to be a Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), probably would have been the first Filipina to do so; a straight A student in school, a close silent friend of her classmates, captain ball for her team, was an MVP for Homestead High School last season and also in other tournaments as well,
“Sweet child to everyone who has a face with a ready smile, who occasionally cracks a joke or two, who always helps her mom particularly in the household chores, loves her siblings, and small kids, close to her sister Mikayla, had many friends something they did not expect for one who used to be silent. This was Kimberly, an almost perfect child any parent would ask for and who is loved by many,” Ramir gushed.
An ardent fan of Golden State Warriors (GSW) star player Steph Curry whom she adored immensely as a role-model together with his wife Ayesha, her idol for cooking dishes, Kimberley does not even think of having a boyfriend apart from Curry.
“She has always been athletic who started playing basketball without any prodding when she was in fourth grade and always has that ready smile win or lose in a game that boosts her team and teammates in the process. She herself would ask me to go meet in the gym for practices that she even does at home to improve on her dribbling skills,” added Ramir.
It was no wonder then that Kimberly would have as one of her few lifelong wishes to have her rubber shoes signed by Curry himself something that Curry readily obliged and even put in good words for her after.
“This is obviously an unfortunate situation for her family. I heard her story, how much she loved basketball, how much she loved watching us play. For her family to have the support of your school of the community around her but also from the Warriors organization to hopefully give them some support and to hopefully get through this situation as best they can,” stated Curry in an interview with school paper The Epitaph. ““I wish I could have met [Nuestro] before she passed. But this is a small token for her family, to I guess know that there’s a lot of people thinking about them, [to help them] with what they’re going through and to hopefully honor her life with those shoes.”
Aside from father Ramir, Kimberly was survived by mother Jeannie sisters Mikayla, and April and youngest only brother Markus.with her family


In one of their happier times, Kimberly (extreme left) is joined by (left to right) sister Mikayla, mother Jeannie, father Ramir, and siblings April and Markus, her youngest brother.

NBA Champions Golden State Warriors ace player Steph Curry wished that he could have met Kimberly Nuestro before she passed and signed her shoes as she wished to “hopefully honor her life with those shoes.”

Kimberly Nuestro, in her shooting form, was a healthy young athlete who was so passionate with basketball she aspired to be the first Filipina WNBA player and win the most valuable player to boot.
In one of their happier times, Kimberly (extreme left) is joined by (left to right) sister Mikayla, mother Jeannie, father Ramir, and siblings April and Markus, her youngest brother.

(all pictures sent by Nuestro family)


Top CA magistrate promoted to SC

By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star)

Photo: Reyes

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has promoted the presiding justice of the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court (SC).

Andres Reyes Jr. will replace SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, who retired from the judiciary on July 6, the SC public information office announced yesterday.

The 67-year-old Reyes, a graduate of Ateneo law school and a member of the Utopia fraternity like Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been with the judiciary for 30 years.

He is the 177th associate justice of the high tribunal and has three years to serve before his retirement.

Reyes’ father Andres Sr. had served as CA presiding justice, while his grandfather Alex was SC justice.

He was picked from a shortlist of seven nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council last month.

Reyes topped the list after earning the unanimous votes of all seven members of the council.

He is the third appointee of Duterte in the high court.

Earlier, the President promoted Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam of the Sandiganbayan and CA, respectively, to the high tribunal.

Duterte is set to appoint another SC justice for the post to be vacated by Associate Justice Jose Mendoza, who will retire in August.

The JBC, the seven-man council tasked to screen nominees for vacant posts in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman, is chaired by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The JBC’s two ex-officio members are Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for the executive and Sen. Richard Gordon for the legislative.

The regular members of JBC are former SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez for retired magistrates, Jose Mejia for academe, Milagros Fernan-Cayosa for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and retired judge Toribio Ilao for the private sector.

200 US tourists in Philippines amid advisories

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star)

Despite travel warnings, around 200 mostly balikbayan tourists from the United States arrived in the country this week to visit various attractions, including President Duterte’s bailiwick Davao City, and explore possible investments. File

MANILA, Philippines - Despite travel warnings, around 200 mostly balikbayan tourists from the United States arrived in the country this week to visit various attractions, including President Duterte’s bailiwick Davao City, and explore possible investments.

The tourists are hoping to get a glimpse of Duterte during their stay in his hometown, said Philippine Consul General in San Francisco Henry Bensurto.

Philippine Consul General in New York Ma. Theresa Dizon-de Vega said for the first time the Ambassador’s Tour – a joint promotion project of the Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs and the Tourism Promotions Board – brought participants to the southern Philippines.

“I think the fact that despite the situation in Marawi, we were getting delegates, they were still registering a few days before the tour, is a show of confidence that everything is OK in the country… There’s a sense of confidence and assurance and support for the President and the country. They are all just proud to be Filipinos,” De Vega said.

De Vega said the arrival of tourists from the US is “very significant” in light of the negative image of the country as a result of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and the travel advisories issued by foreign governments, including the US and Canada.

The tour started with a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of Jose Rizal in Rizal Park, Manila last Tuesday and will conclude on Saturday.

Some of the places visited by the group were the National Museum, Metropolitan Museum and Fort Santiago in Manila.

They were also expected to visit the Davao Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, a 12-hectare nature theme park in Davao; and the Hijo banana plantation in Tagum City.

Bensurto said most of the visitors supported Duterte during last year’s election and would like to express their continued support and confidence in his administration.

“Despite martial law there are more significant matters that should not be overlooked. This is the first time in Philippine history that the president comes from the south, and that’s very significant,” Bensurto said.

“President Duterte won overwhelmingly among Filipinos based in the US, and part of his mandate you can trace to Filipinos based in North America,” he said.

De Vega said the delegation is composed of people from the business, medical and IT sectors; couples and their young children; as well as retirees. They were also joined by mayors of Bellevue, Nebraska and National City in California.

“There are many first-timers. It’s a good mix,” De Vega said.

“This is a perfect place for people in the US to visit… the Philippines has so much to offer,” National City Mayor Ron Morrison said.

He said 40 percent of the population in National City are Filipinos.

Bensurto said the tour also aims to “instill” Filipino culture among the millennials who were born and raised in the US.

“The second, third and fourth generations have already overtaken the migration of the first generation. It’s important that we are able to instill the Filipino spirit in the new generation because there will be no urgency and imperative to give back from these generations if they don’t see any attachment. We have to create a bridge that links them to the origin of their ancestors,” he said.

“We want to immerse them, give them actual experience of the Philippines,” he added.

De Vega noted that tourist arrivals from the US increased from 14 to 19 percent in the second quarter of this year.

Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito Cruz said the visit of Filipino-Americans in the country this year also aims to “reinvigorate” US-Philippines bilateral relations.

“We are meeting with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce. We’re hoping to explore possible business ventures and investment and export opportunities in Davao City,” he said.

The Philippines and US relations turned sour after Duterte hit former US president Barack Obama for criticizing his brutal war against illegal drugs.

Now on its 11th year, the Ambassador’s Tour aims “to further boost the image of the Philippines abroad,” De Vega said.

“After this tour they become ambassadors of the country in their own communities,” she said.

Rehab plan for quake-hit Leyte underway

By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star)

President Duterte meets with Cabinet members, Leyte lawmakers and local government officials yesterday at the airport in Ormoc, one of the areas hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake last week.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday assured residents that the government has in place a rehabilitation plan for earthquake-hit Ormoc City and other areas in Leyte province after the magnitude 6.5 tremor last week.

“We are here to help you,” the President in Filipino said after arriving in Ormoc City.

The President said the government has a program to help residents as well as for the rehabilitation of damaged establishments and infrastructure.

He said there is a program on how to manage the aid and all the other help that would arrive.

Duterte said he discussed the plans with Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla.

The Ormoc City social welfare and development office has identified 536 totally damaged houses and 62 partially damaged houses in Barangays Cabaon-an, Tongonan, Milagro, Danao, Cabintan, Gaas, Liberty, Bagong, Nueva Vista, Quezon Jr., San Jose and Hugpa.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 8 said two persons were killed when a building collapsed in Kananga, Leyte and another was killed in Ormoc while 220 people were injured during the earthquake.

Most of the victims were hurt when they panicked and scampered in different directions at the height of the tremor.

OCD Region 8 director Edgar Posadas said those injured were brought to different hospitals in Ormoc and other district hospitals in Leyte. – With Lalaine Jimenea

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