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Ateneo women’s football recruit Yana Bautista, 17, passes away

Ateneo women’s football recruit Yana Bautista, sister of national team member Martie. (Photo from Martie Bautista’s Facebook)

Ateneo women’s football recruit Yana Bautista has passed away Wednesday due to COVID-19, her sister Martie, a national team member, confirmed Thursday.

She was 17.

In a Facebook post, Martie said Yana was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) even before contracting the coronavirus.

To our loved ones, These past few months have been difficult for Yana. She was diagnosed with ADEM that was further…

Martie Bautista 发布于 2020年7月23日周四

ADEM, an inflammatory demyelinating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, “further complicated” the condition of the late promising booter from Miriam College.

“Many challenges continued to surface where much of them left us extremely exhausted– especially for my little sister,” Martie wrote.

“It is to our despondency to announce that my sister is now finally at peace and with God.”

Multiple reports disclosed that Yana took a swab test that turned out positive last Saturday before being taken under intensive care unit the following days.

Yana suited up as a defender for Miriam College before committing to Ateneo and played for Nomads-Ateneo in the 2019 PFF Women’s League.

Her sister Marie, also a former Ateneo courtside reporter, revealed that Yana had plenty of things planned out for this year including her UAAP debut, freshman life as Atenean, family trips, and learning how to drive on her birth month September.

“Many of you have had a personal and deep connection with my sister. She was a captain, teammate, friend, sister, and daughter. She was always lively, stylish, and comical,” Marie said.

“We hope you understand that we would need time and space to face this situation. We appreciate all the prayers you are sending out to our family and we are here for you as we mourn together.”

Yana’s wake will be held from July 25 and July 26.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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