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OFW dies of kidney failure, another battles cervical cancer

16 March 2019

Susie Olid in her healthier days when she was crowned the Saniata 2012 during the Nueva Vizcayanos Day in Hong Kong

By Vir B. Lumicao

Susie Olid, a domestic worker from Nueva Vizcaya, had been preparing to go home for good on Feb 10 after working in Hong Kong for the past 26 years. But she never got to pursue this plan because two days before her intended departure, she fell very ill and had to be confined in the hospital.

Olid’s condition rapidly deteriorated until she was proclaimed dead from kidney failure on Mar. 9, three days after being admitted to intensive care.

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Even as friends and relatives were mourning her death, another OFW from the same province was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam due to continuous bleeding, a result of her Stage 2 cervical cancer.

Olid, a 55-year-old mother of two from the mining village of Runruno in Quezon, had been confined at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon due to kidney failure.

An officer of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section said Olid’s family had already been informed of her death, and her brother as next-of-kin, will receive her remains.

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One of her friends, Rose Sierra, said in a Facebook post that the public viewing of Olid’s remains will be on Mar 17, from 11:30am to 2pm, at Universal Funeral Parlor in Hunghom. The body will be flown to Manila the next day, before being driven to her hometown.

Sierra said that Olid had been in the ICU for dialysis and observation for three days before she passed on. But she had been in and out of the hospital before this.

“Noong Nueva Vizcaya Day (Oct 21 last year) ay maysakit na siya, nilalagnat, pero um-attend lang,” said Sierra, an officer of the United Novo Vizcayanos Association of Hong Kong.

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Olid was said to have been a Saniata (beauty queen) and the UNVA’s coordinator for the Quezon group.

 Her employer for the past two years and four months who informed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Hong Kong about her death.

Meanwhile, the other sick OFW who comes from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, underwent an MRI scan on Mar 13 at Queen Mary Hospital, Sierra said.

She said the woman had been bleeding profusely and was already very weak when she was found suffering from Stage 2 cervical cancer.

The worker was taken to the hospital earlier and was discharged when she got better. But on Mar 3 she collapsed after going to church and was readmitted.

Sierra said the patient wants a sibling to come to Hong Kong and look after her in hospital, but needs a sponsor for the air fare and accommodation.


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