Baby Naya dies after six weeks in hospital

September 14, 2011

Naya Jane Manalo, the seven-week-old Nipomo baby girl who waged an uphill battle against an ecoli infection almost from the day she was born, died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital.

The baby’s mother, Jamie Maraviglia-Manalo, director of marketing for the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, posted the news on her blog Wednesday. Mother and father, Daniel Manalo, had been staying with the baby in Los Angeles for more than a month.

Baby Naya was initially diagnosed five days after birth on July 24 with sepsis, caused by an e-coli infection, and pneumonia. Kidney complications quickly followed and the baby girl was transferred initially to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara before doctors ordered a second transfer to LA Childrens’ Hospital.

Organizers said Wednesday night that a planned fundraising BBQ for the Manalo family will continue as scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 18. The public is invited to come to the Filipponi Ranch, 1850 Calle Joaquin (behind KSBY studios), in San Luis Obispo between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate for $25. All proceeds will go to help the family defray medical expenses.

Jamie used a poem by e. e. cummings to announce the death of her baby:

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

                                                      i fear

no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)




  1. jackbnimble says:

    Does anyone know who the local pediatrician was?

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  2. Nancimeek says:

    This is every parent’s nightmare Words from a stranger like myself are useless but their pain is in my heart and I send good thoughts and prayers for their recovery.

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    • Nancimeek says:

      They say having a child is like wearing your heart outside of your body. Our prayers to Jamie and Daniel for their hearts to heal

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    • willie says:

      There are NO words that can be said when a parent loses a child.
      No matter how long or how far one travels, it is not detachable.
      All a parents can say is:
      I love you.
      Please “forgive me” for being unable to protect or save you.
      I love you.
      But “good by” is just NOT there to be said and never will be!

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    • easymoney says:

      This is the very worst news from a parents standpoint. No words adequate enough to convey our sympathy, and our all thoughts and prayers go out to the family…
      Babies are innocent and pure, life is not fair…

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  3. willie says:

    Does anyone have a clue of how this could have happened?
    Both mother and father off work staying in LA.
    Now hit with a giantic medical bill that will probably take a decade to clear.

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    • Dave says:

      Neither parent was “off work” — Daniel worked out of his company’s LA office and Jamie was able to do her Clark Center work from the hospital.

      Very sad. Very, very sad. Hope folks can stop by on Sunday.

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  4. oto says:

    The moon sits like a pearl in cashmere for you, little one.

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