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Cancer patient Baby Jane Allas dies of kidney infection in Palawan home

29 March 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Baby Jane's case became the focus of anti-discrimination protests

A Filipina domestic helper who was fired by her Pakistani employer a day after she was diagnosed with Stage 3 cervical cancer in 2019 died last Saturday, Mar 27, in her hometown of Narra in Palawan.

The death of Baby Jane Allas, a 40-year-old single mother of five children, was announced on Facebook by Jessica Cutrera, the American employer of Allas’ sister who raised more than $850,000 via crowdfunding for her medical expenses in the Philippines.


“I am very sad to report Baby Jane passed away this weekend unexpectedly as a result of a kidney infection. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers,” Cutrera said in her Facebook post at 1:56pm on Sunday.

Allas died even before a disability discrimination case filed on her behalf by the Equal Opportunities Commission against her former employer, Bushra Jamil, was heard in District Court.


“The EOC is very sorry to hear the news that Ms Baby Jane passed away. The EOC will discuss with her family or representative the way forward (with the case),” said Sam Ho, senior corporate communications manager of the commission.

An initial hearing of the case filed by the EOC was held at the District Court on Mar 15 but was quickly adjourned after the employer, a former beauty queen and daughter of a prominent Muslim community leader in Hong Kong, refused to speak to the other party.

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Allas’ claims at the Labour Tribunal for unpaid wages, a month’s salary in lieu of notice, return air ticket, travel allowance and half-day pay for days off not fully spent, were already settled in April 2019 with the employer paying her $30,000.

Baby Jane with 2 of her kids after winning her $30k labour claim 

Allas was flown home to Palawan on Sept 12, 2019, escorted by her sister Mary Ann, who works for Cutrera.


It was from Mary Ann that Cutrera heard about Allas’ situation and sought public moral and financial support for her cause.

The crowdfunding Cutrera organized online had gathered enough funds for the patient’s medical costs, as Allas had lost access to free medical care in Hong Kong public hospitals after her termination.


Mary Ann said Allas had been in and out of the hospital a few times before she passed away on Mar 27 at the family home in Narra due to kidney failure.

Reports said Allas supported herself and her children with earnings from a small grocery on her property which she bought last November with Cutrera’s help.

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All the while, she reportedly nurtured plans of returning to Hong Kong, where she first came to work in 2017 for Jamil’s family of six. From her salary of $4,520 a month, she remitted half that amount to her family.

Her children, whose ages range between 8 and 18 years old, are being looked after by her mother.




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