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Filipina typhoon victim to undergo second operation

18 September 2018

By Daisy CL Mandap
The Filipina tourist who was hit by a falling signage suffered injuries to her legs and arms

A Filipina tourist who was hit by falling debris in Tsimshatsui yesterday amid the onslaught of severe typhoon Mangkhut, is set to undergo a second operation in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon.

This was according to Consul Paulo Saret, head of the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate, which has been assisting the victim.

Saret said that the Filipina was hit by a falling signage, and sustained serious injuries to her legs and arms. She underwent surgery within hours of being admitted to hospital, but will have to go under the knife for a second time.

She is, however, expected to recover fully from her injuries.

According to ATN’s Danny Baldon, the victim, who is a dentist, had gone out of her hotel room to buy coffee from a nearby 7-11 outlet when she met the accident.
Consul Saret

A sister-in-law who came to Hong Kong with the victim has reportedly provided information about the case to the Consulate.

Earlier reports that spread through wildfire on social media was that the Filipina had died after being hit by a dislodged air conditioner in Mirador Mansions in Tsimshatsui. The story, which rapidly circulated among Filipinos and was even picked up by a Manila TV station, proved to be wrong on all counts.

Saret, meanwhile, is also looking into the filing of a complaint with Hong Kong authorities about a tour operator who had left a group of Filipino tourists stranded for hours near the Tsing Ma bridge at the height of the storm yesterday.

The 36 tourists, who included two children and three seniors, were reportedly picked up by the tour agent at their hotel in Tsing Yi at about 10am, shortly after signal no 10 was hoisted, and were on their way to the airport when the vehicle’s windshield crashed from the strong winds.

The tourists were reportedly left inside the bus with the shattered glass for hours, until someone managed to call the Consulate to ask for help. Baldon immediately called 999, and by around 5pm, the tourists were pulled out of the bus and sent back to their hotel.

Saret said that since the rescue, no one in the tour group had called up the Consulate again, so they assume everyone managed to get on their flights back to the Philippines without a hitch.

Still, he said they will pursue a complaint about the incident to relevant government officials in Hong Kong.

“We have already drafted a complaint letter and intend to send it to the Hong Kong authorities soon,” he said.

Saret said another casualty of Mangkhut’s onslaught was the scheduled legal consultation and forum at the Consulate by members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Batangas chapter.

The visiting lawyers had to skip the Sunday session with OFWs, but reportedly passed by the Consulate on their way to the airport earlier today, to pay a courtesy visit to Consul General Antonio A. Morales.

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