NEW ORLEANS -- Another Filipino worker injured in an explosion and fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has died.
The Filipino Embassy disclosed the news of the death Friday. The worker died early Friday morning while he was with his family from Manila.
“The Embassy has been informed of the sad news that one of our kababayans injured in the November 16 incident in the Gulf of Mexico, Avelino L. Tajonera, passed away early this morning in the presence of his loved ones,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said. “The Filipino nation joins his family in grieving over their loss.”
Tajonera’s death is the second fatality from the explosion and fire that also left three other Filipinos seriously injured and one missing. Ellroy Corporal, 42, died in the incident while Jerome Malagapo, 28, has still not been found, according to the embassy.
Two patients remain in critical condition, and the fourth patient, Wilberto Ilagan, 50, remains in serious but stable condition.
The treatment for major burns extends for a critical time period following the injury, and is not unexpected to follow a longer course, with the clinical focus surrounding maintaining the airways, IV fluid hydration, nutritional support, and local wound care. Other critical services include occupational and physical therapy, pastoral care and surgical care, according to Baton Rouge General Medical Center Burn Center.