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Taxi crash victim’s condition improves as kin fly to her bedside

04 June 2019

By The SUN
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Abunda (in white, second from right) celebrated her birthday with friends the day before the accident

A Filipina domestic worker who was hit by a wayward taxi in Aberdeen a week ago has reportedly begun responding to commands but remains in critical condition at Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam.

This was according to welfare officer Marivic Clarin of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration who has been monitoring the case.
Clarin said on Jun 2 that the patient, Marilou Abunda, has begun making small movements, but has yet to fully regain consciousness.

Abunda’s friends who visited her in hospital said the 46-year-old victim could now open her eyes better that in their previous visit and managed to smile when they talked to her.

Abunda was taken to the hospital unconscious, and was in a coma for nearly two days.
She was the worst hit among 7 people injured after a taxi driven by a 70-year-old local man went out of control on Aberdeen Main road at about 9am on May 27. She had just taken her 10-year-old ward to school when the accident happened.

On Jun 1, her sister-in-law Josielyn Abunda and niece Loriepel arrived in Hong Kong from their hometown of Hilongos, Leyte, and immediately went to the hospital to be by her side.
Their plane tickets were paid for from a donation by Hilongos Mayor Albert Villahermosa and the employer of a friend of Abunda who also let them stay in his flat in Pokfulam, and pay for their fare to and from the hospital.

About 20 friends and townmates of Abunda also pitched in with some cash donation to help cover the expenses of the two while caring for Abunda.
Earlier on Sunday, Consul Paulo Saret had told The SUN that the request of Abunda’s kin for air tickets was still awaiting approval from the Office of the Undersecretary of Migrant Workers Affairs, unaware that the relatives were already in town,
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