Ilongga comatose in HK after stroke

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Queen Mary Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)


A 42-year-old Filipino domestic helper is now comatose in Pok Fu Lam after suffering a stroke, according to sources from the Philippine Consulate General (PCG).

A PCG official, who asked not to be identified, said worker Lernie S.B. was still under close observation at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Queen Mary Hospital as of this afternoon (June 4).

The helper from Iloilo is the third overseas Filipino worker (OFW) to suffer a stroke here in HK in recent weeks.

“She is comatose and is at the ICU after she had brain surgery. She is also using a ventilator for her breathing,” the official said in an interview.

She said Lernie’s employer brought her to the hospital, which she underwent a CT scan to find out what happened.

“The doctors decided afterwards that she had to undergo operation. They again conducted a CT scan after the surgery. She is still unconscious,” she added.

The official said Lernie had high blood pressure and was already taking some maintenance medicine.

“According to her friend, who is also hypertensive, (Lernie) was not able to take some of her medicine recently,” the official said.

A sibling of the worker is set to fly to HK from the Philippines but her family has kept the news from their mother, who also has a heart ailment.

The official said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) received a report this morning that another OFW suffered a stroke.

“We also had another stroke victim about a month ago in Tung Wah (hospital in Sheung Wan). That worker also fell unconscious but she is now okay and will be going home this Saturday (June 8),” the official said.

According to data from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), stroke was the top cause of illness of OFWs repatriated from HK from 2014 to 2017.

Stroke victims comprised 36 percent of OFWs repatriated back to the Philippines, while those with cancer comprised 27 percent. The other illnesses reported were tuberculosis/ lung problems (13 percent), mild depression (21 percent), and fracture/ spinal problems (three percent), according to OWWA.



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