Mentally ill woman, 29, has been locked up in a cage by her relatives in the Philippines for FIVE YEARS after her family said they couldn’t handle caring for her
- Bebe, 29, was diagnosed with psychotic depression in 2014 in the Philippines
- She suffered from hallucinations and was hospitalized in Negros Occidental
- After returning home, her condition deteriorated as her family could not afford her medications and she started lashing out and wandering away
- The family built a cage that a family friend who asks for money must keep her safe until she can be treated
A young woman has been locked in a cage by her family for the past five years, who say they cannot afford proper treatment for her mental health condition.
Bebe, 29, lived with her family in the Philippines and worked at a local store dreaming of becoming a professional model before being diagnosed with psychotic depression in 2014.
The condition caused her to suffer from hallucinations and was admitted to a psychiatric ward of a hospital in Negros Occidental province.
Bebe gradually improved after a year of treatment, and the doctors were optimistic about her condition.
She was allowed to return home, but when her father fell ill in 2015 and the family could no longer pay Bebe’s medical bills, things took an unfavorable turn.
A young woman has been locked in a cage by her family for the past five years, who say they cannot afford proper treatment for her mental health condition. Bebe, 29, lived with her family in the Philippines and worked in a local store, dreaming of becoming a professional model before being diagnosed with psychotic depression in 2014
Without drugs, her depressive episodes and hallucinations returned.
Glyzel Bullos, a family friend, said there were times when Bebe became so violent that her family had to lock her up for their own safety.
“Sometimes Bebe would throw things at neighbors, or walk around outside the house and start riding the bus,” recalls Glyzel, asking for help for Bebe.
“There was one time her family was looking for her and found her in Cebu province a week later when the police contacted them,” she said.
To keep Bebe from wandering, her family built a small cage for her in the house.
Bebe has been pictured (center, posing in a pink hoodie) on the beach in happier times before her diagnosis in 2014
Before falling ill, Bebe worked at a local store and friends said she dreamed of becoming a model
Dressed in rags, Bebe gets food through the bars of her cell.
“She chews her dress to shreds, so they bag her because she doesn’t eat it,” Glyzel explained.
“They lock her up so she doesn’t hurt herself and not because they don’t love her.”
Video shows Bebe leaning against a wall in her cage before darting away after noticing the camera. She is standing in a corner of her cell with her back to the camera.
Later in the video, the young woman appears to be playing with the cell door and speaking softly to the person filming her.
Glyzel appeals for funds to return Bebe to the hospital for treatment.
“Medical services are expensive, especially a private mental institution,” she said.
“I hope there are people who can help us bring Bebe back to her former self.”
The family dresses Bebe in rags because she allegedly rips her clothes during one episode