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2 Filipina helpers pass on due to suspected illnesses

12 January 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Teresa dela Cruz was found unconscious in her employer's house

Two Filipina domestic workers passed on two days apart last week, with one collapsing in the flat of her employer in Shatin, and the other reportedly succumbing to liver ailment in Queen Mary hospital.

The deaths were the first to be reported this year, and came just as the Consulate released data showing that 91 Filipinos in Hong Kong died from various causes last year, compared with 65 a year earlier.

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On Jan 9, Teresa dela Cruz, a volunteer in the Philippine Overseas Labor Office’s “Healthwise” health check program for Filipino workers, collapsed in her employer’s flat in Hing Keng Estate, Shatin.

The police spokeswoman said Dela Cruz’s male employer called 999 and reported that around 2:15pm, the worker was found unconscious in her bedroom.

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Officers and ambulance staff who responded took her to Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin where she was certified dead.

Police said initial investigation found no suspicious circumstances and that they could not tell the cause pending a postmortem examination.

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The 51-year-old helper had no known ailment, the spokeswoman said. But the employer and a niece of Dela Cruz who visited the Overseas Workers Welfare office on Sunday reportedly suspected it was due to a heart attack.

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Friends of the deceased who live in the neighborhood said they were shocked because they had a chat with her just the day before and she gave them food. They said she was a very kind person.


On Saturday afternoon, they heard the wailing of an ambulance and saw police officers arriving at the block where Dela Cruz’s employers lived, so they tried to chat with the helper online to get news but got no reply. Then a fellow Filipina on the block told them it was Dela Cruz who the ambulance men and officers came to pick up.

Marlyn Figuracion was due for a liver transplant when she passed away

Two days earlier, Marlyn G. Figuracion, a song leader at the Jesus Is Lord ministry, also passed away. 

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Talk with some of her friends revealed she had a liver problem and was due to undergo a transplant at Queen Mary Hospital with her son Edmar as the donor, when she succumbed to the ailment on Jan 7.

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Consul Paulo Saret, head of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section, confirmed the death.

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He said that on Sunday, Jan 10, Figuracion’s employer, accompanied by the deceased's son, went to the Consulate to seek help in arranging the repatriation of the worker’s remains.

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No date has yet been set for repatriating the remains of the two.

 

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