YOUNG football standout Alyana "Yana" Bautista died on Wednesday due to complications from the coronavirus disease at the age of 17.
Bautista, the younger sister of Philippine women’s team player and football commentator Martie, was diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) — a rare inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system.
Last Saturday, Yana was found positive for COVID-19 after a swab test. She was under intensive care for the next few days, before passing away.
“These past few months have been difficult for Yana. She was diagnosed with ADEM that was further complicated by COVID-19. Many challenges continued to surface where much of them left us extremely exhausted — especially for my little sister,” said Martie’s Instagram post.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF), through its social media accounts, has extended its condolences to the Bautista family.
The young Bautista had just graduated from Miriam College High School, and has recently committed to play for Ateneo in the UAAP to follow the footsteps of her sister. She also played for Nomads-Ateneo as a defender last year during the 2019 PFF Women's League season.
“She was a captain, teammate, friend, sister, and daughter. She was always lively, stylish, and comical,” said Martie.