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30-year-old Filipina dies after month-long fight against heart failure

05 May 2023

By The SUN


A photo of Mary Grace as shared by some people on Facebook

Filipina domestic helper Mary Grace Perater lost her fight against a chronic heart disease, more than a month after she was rushed to hospital and had to be operated on immediately.

She was just 30 years old.

According to her sister-in-law, Mary Grace passed on at Prince of Wales Hospital early this Friday, 12:51 am, from what appears to be multiple organ failure due to her heart ailment.


She is survived by her husband, Julito Perater, and three young children.

Mary Grace, who hailed form Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, had worked for her employer in Tuen Mun  for barely two years.

The doctor who first operated on her at Tuen Mun Hospital in Tai Po on Apr 1 told family members that Mary Grace had known about her heart problem for a year but did not inform anyone.

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Her employer took her to the hospital earlier on the same day, after she complained of difficulty in breathing.

She fell into a coma after the operation, but became well enough to chat with close family members afterwards, though she remained listed in critical condition.

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About a week after the operation, her employer told her relatives that the ECMO machine that was helping Mary Grace breathe could be taken off her soon as he condition was improving.

A recent photo shared on FB shows Mary Grace looking happy despite her critical state

However, she turned for the worse over an apparent aneurysm in the right leg so she was transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin where she had surgery on Apr 17.

A few days later she was again operated on for a blockade in her heart, from which she never recovered.


Her family, especially her husband, Julito, had appealed to Philippine government representatives to check on his wife’s condition, alleging online that they had neglected her.

However, officials at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said they had been in constant touch with Mary Grace’s employer  and the doctors who were looking after her.

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Several migrant organizations have stepped in to help raise funds for Mary Grace’ s surviving family members, especially her young children.

Among them is the Social Justice for Migrant Workers, headed by its founder, Marites Palma. Those who wish to extend help may contact them directly through their Facebook account:

Alternatively, you may contact Julito Perater directly at +63 92254 05885.


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