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Stroke leaves Pinay partially blind

07 March 2016

A Filipina domestic worker is in hospital due to a stroke early this month that has left her partially blind in her right eye and feeling numb on the right side of her body.

The stroke which occurred on Feb. 3, also left 50-year-old Mediatrix R.’s speech slurry.

Mediatrix told The SUN that she was scheduled for a third CT scanning session, after two previous scans to look for blood clots in her brain yielded no findings.

“Na-CT scan na ako, dalawang beses, pero nahihilo pa rin ako at saka  di nakakakita sa aking kanang mata,” said the mother of three, who is in Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai.

Mediatrix was taken to the hospital by her Korean lady employer on Feb. 3 after she complained of severe headache and dizziness.

She was admitted at Ruttonjee Hospital and moved to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for two days for the CT scan sessions and then taken back to Ruttonjee for observation.

Mediatrix, a native of Bangued, Abra, said she had been in Hong Kong for 20 years, spending the last 10 years working for her Korean employer.

Now she said her employer, whom she described as “very kind”, wanted to bring her sister over to replace her and, at the same time, take care of her. But she said the employer does not know how to go about doing this.


The Filipina’s concerns now are the expenses she would incur from her hospital stay, and what help she could expect from government agencies like the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Social Security System. – VB Lumicao
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