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OFW who died of aneurysm flown home

26 May 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Grace Anacleto's remains were flown to Manila by Cathay this morning

Filipina domestic helper Jergrace "Grace" T. Anacleto who died earlier this month from aneurysm caused by a ruptured aorta made her final voyage home earlier today, May 26.

The remains of Anacleto, 44, were transported to Manila on a Cathay Pacific flight that departed Hong Kong at 7:20am.


The body will be flown home to Iloilo City tomorrow moning, where it will then be transported by sea to her hometown of San Lorenzo in Guimaras. Anacleto’s friend and fellow domestic worker Cecil Calsas said a brother of the deceased is already in Iloilo to receive the remains.

On Tuesday, Calsas and Anacleto’s British employer Judith Bailey went to Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom to attend to last-minute formalities before the casket was taken to the airport.

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Consul Paulo Saret, head of the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate, said Anacleto’s voyage home was arranged by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Meanwhile, Domestic Workers Corner, a Facebook group that supports Filipino migrants, has raised Php44,208 for Anacleto’s 21-year-old son Zachary James. The deceased had been supporting her son after her husband died in 2019.


DWC raised the money through to an appeal to its members, and sent it all directly to the bereaved son, who expressed gratitude.

Kami po ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa lahat na naging bahagi ng aming panawagan bilang pakikiramay sa family ni Grace Anacleto na isang OFW dito sa Hong Kong sa konting tulong na naipaabot natin sa kanyang naulila,” DWC said in a Facebook post.

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(We sincerely thank all those who have been part of our call to help the family of Grace Anacleto, an OFW here in Hong Kong, for the modest help that we have been able to send her bereaved family.)

Grace is survived by her son, Zachary

Anacleto passed away in the afternoon of May 9 after collapsing at her employer’s home at No 8 Tai Mong Tsai Road in Saikung.  She was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital where she was declared dead.

Her employer said initially that the helper had taken the first dose of  a vaccine on Apr 20 but could not say if this was related to her death.

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Asked for detailed information on the case, the Hong Kong Health Department said that a preliminary autopsy showed Anacleto died from “ruptured dissecting aneurysm of aorta” which leads to cardiac arrest, and not from the two BioNTech vaccine that she received 18 days earlier.

Her case was also not classified as a reportable adverse condition that follows vaccination as the death did not occur within the prescribed 14 days after a jab was administered.

Health authorities also told The SUN there was also no clinical evidence to show that Anacleto’s death was caused by vaccine.

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