OFW in critical condition in Kowloon after stroke

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An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is in critical condition after she had a stroke on Saturday (July 21).

OFW Bernadett M. Natividad was brought to the Kwong Wah Hospital in Kowloon after suffering a
severe hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by a rupture in a blood vessel in the brain.

Posts about Natividad’s health condition spread online after her employer apparently sought help to contact her relatives back in the Philippines.

Consulate officials, however, said that members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) checked her condition at the hospital today.

They were also able to contact her family since she also has relatives working here in Hong Kong.

According to OWWA data, stroke was the top cause of illness that led to the repatriation of OFWs here in HK.

From 2014 to 2017, the illness of repatriated OFWs included stroke (36 percent), cancer (27 percent), tuberculosis/ lung problems (13 percent), mild depression (21 percent), and fracture/ spinal problems (three percent), OWWA said.

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