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Pinay in Fortress Hill MTR incident returns home

14 June 2018

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina who had a mental breakdown at Fortress Hill MTR Station on Labor Day is now reunited with her parents and siblings in Southern Leyte, according to her relatives and staff at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
She is now safe and recovering in the Philippines.

The 44-year-old maid was reportedly fetched more than a week ago by two officers of the OWWA head office in Manila and escorted back to her hometown.

She left Hong Kong after about a month of confinement at the psychiatric ward of the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

The patient, who is single, had worked for more than seven years for the same employer on Braemar Hill in North Point.

An OWWA officer said on June 6 that the maid’s employers were constant visitors at the hospital, and were the ones who informed them a week after the worker’s confinement that she was on her way to recovery.

Various video footages uploaded on Facebook showed the worker acting strangely at the MTR station. She was standing with her arms outstretched and her head tilted upwards, as she mumbled about deliverance. At one point, she prostrated herself in front of the turnstiles.

Police who responded to a call from concerned staff took the patient to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai, after which she was transferred to Eastern Hospital.

A relative of the worker who recognized the woman on the video informed the patient’s parents and siblings.

On Jun 6, she confirmed that the patient had returned home but could not tell if she had already recovered from her breakdown.   

A team of volleyball players from Mindanao said it was planning to hold a one-day league in coordination with the patient’s volleyball team to raise money for her financial needs. No date has yet been set for the charity tournament.

Jerghin Barcelona, president of the Sultan Kudarat Women’s Volleyball Team, told The SUN that the patient used to play for the Swaggers, and was a regular participant of the friendly leagues organized by Kudarat.

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