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Remains of breast cancer victim flown home

08 October 2017

A long-time Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong who died of breast cancer in September has made her final voyage home.

The remains of Susan Limon, said to be in her early 60s, were shipped home to Pangasinan on board a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila on the night of Sept 22.

An officer of the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate said the repatriation was originally scheduled for Sept 25, but they were able to arrange the shipping three days ahead of schedule.

Susan Limon
ATN officer Hermogenes Cayabyab Jr said Limon’s son and his wife escorted the body on the flight to Manila, and from there it was transported by a funeral service van to their hometown of Anda in Pangasinan.

The costs of transporting the remains were shouldered by Limon’s Western employers, Cayabyab said.

“It’s the employers who sought medical attention for her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and did not terminate her contract because they knew she needed medical care,” Cayabyab said.

Limon was confined in Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam for a considerable period where she underwent chemotherapy, then was discharged in early September when she was feeling better.

But on Sept 10, while in the company of her OFW friends, she reportedly had a chill and felt very feeble, so they took her back to Queen Mary.

The doctor who attended to Limon told them her cancer had metastasized. On Sept 14, Limon passed away. – Vir B. Lumicao

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