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3 Pinays in rehab hospital after stroke

10 November 2018

By Vir B. Lumicao
Two Filipina domestic workers are undergoing rehabilitation in Tung Wah Hospital in Causeway Bay after both suffered a stroke that left one comatose for five days, and the other having half of her brain removed to save her life.

The information came from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration officer Marivic Clarin, who also said that a third Filipina helper stroke victim is recovering in the same hospital.

Clarin told The SUN on Oct 21 that the conditions of the patients are being monitored by doctors at Tung Wah.

The first patient, 29-year-old Ledesma Jugo from Pangasinan, reportedly had neurosurgery at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan to remove a blood clot in her brain.

A Filipino worker’s group said she had been at the hospital’s intensive care unit since Oct. 2.
Clarin said Jugo collapsed at the house of her Indian employer, who then took the worker to the hospital. The Filipina had just renewed her contract, and was reportedly taking case of a child aside from other chores.
When a team from OWWA visited her at the hospital on Saturday, Oct 20, staff there reportedly said the patient had already been transferred to Tung Wah for rehabilitation.

Clarin said Jugo has regained consciousness and can now move after being comatose for five days, but still has difficulty talking. A sister of Jugo had reportedly come to Hong Kong to look after the patient.
The OWWA officer said the stroke might have been triggered by a family problem. The night before she was stricken, Jugo reportedly received news from Pangasinan that upset her.

The patient is married and has a young child, Clarin said.
The second patient, Perla Pasion Lagar, 48, from Isabela, was admitted to Tung Wah on Oct 14 after suffering a stroke. Doctors reportedly told Clarin that the left half of Lagar’s brain had been removed to save the other lobes from being affected by the damaged part.

Clarin said a son of Lagar who is an OFW in Taiwan was at her bedside at Tung Wah. But he will return to Taiwan once his father arrives from Manila, the welfare officer said.
She said Lagar had been working for 20 years with the same employer.

Clarin said the third stroke patient is a 64-year-old domestic worker whom she did not identify. She said the patient was already up and about and recovering.

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