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Filipina worker fighting for life in hospital after suffering stroke

01 April 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao


The Filipina had brain surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a stroke

A 47-year-old Filipina domestic helper is fighting for her life in Queen Elizabeth Hospital after undergoing surgery to remove a blot clot in her brain due to stroke.

The prognosis on Cherry D. Cariño is not encouraging, however, with her hospital doctor reportedly telling the patient’s male employer that “she may not survive or, if ever, she may take long to recover.”


Cariño, from La Union province, was taken to the hospital by her employer, Li Sui Hung, after she came home from her day off on Mar 28 feeling dizzy and weak, and was throwing up, said her friends, who wanted to find out about her status.

The worker’s identity and condition were confirmed by Welfare Officer Virsie Tamayao of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Hong Kong when contacted by messenger.


A day earlier, Cynthia Abdon-Tellez, general manager of the Mission for Migrant Workers, a church-based charity helping distressed foreign domestic helpers, also sent a Viber message to Tamayao enquiring about Cariño’s case.

Abdon-Tellez said an aunt of the worker complained that she had been calling the OWWA but no one was answering.

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Tamayao said Li called the OWWA hotline on Mar 30 to inform the government insurance agency about what happened to the worker and that he had taken her to Queen Elizabeth for treatment.

(The) patient is confined at Queen Elizabeth Hospital ICU due to ischemic stroke. Further to employer’s update, (the) patient underwent surgery and is under close monitoring and observation,” Tamayao said in reply to Abdon-Tellez’s enquiry.

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The OWWA officer also told Abdon-Tellez about the doctor’s grim forecast for Cariño.

Medical experts say ischemic stroke is one of three types of stroke and is also referred to as brain ischemia and cerebral ischemia.

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They say this type of stroke is triggered by a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain. As a result, reduced blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain lead to damage or death of brain cells, the experts said.

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According to her friends, the helper had been working for nearly six years for Li’s household at Victoria Tower, a residential block on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. 



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