Terminated FDW because of stage 4 cervical cancer arrives in the Philippines

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Cyril Galvez who is diagnosed with stage 4 of Cervical cancer arrives in the Philippines on Friday. Photo Courtesy: Cyril Galvez

A happy and lively Cyril Galvez talked over the phone with Hong Kong News on Saturday as she shared the news of her arrival in the Philippines at 6:00 p.m. yesterday.

“Okay na din. Masaya at sumigla kasi andito na sa Manila.” said Galvez, a 35-year old, Filipino Domestic Worker in Hong Kong who is battling with Stage 4 Cervical Cancer.

She was first diagnosed with the disease at an early stage last March 2021. She had a series of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, after six months of magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, she was declared cancer-free but, after eight months, when she did MRI again, the doctor found lymph nodes on her cervix, and the cancer cells has already spread out on her abdomen and spinal cord. She was later on diagnosed with stage 4 of Cervical Cancer.

Galvez had been working as a Domestic Worker in Hong Kong for more than three years.

She was supposed to fly home to the Philippines on Jan. 16, but three days before her flight, Galvez was rushed to the hospital and had to undergo an operation on her kidney.

Last week when Hong Kong News interviewed her, she was in pain but eager because she wanted to go back home to the Philippines to reunite with her family, whom she was not able to meet face to face for more than two years.

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With the help from different Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), who provided her financial, spiritual and moral support, she was able to go back home to the Philippines yesterday.

Galvez recalled that when the Pilot told them that they are now in the Philippines, she felt excited to go down from the airplane but she cannot stand yet and needed a wheelchair and assistance to set foot in the country.

Galvez is currently staying in a hotel in Manila, waiting for advice from authorities on her flight schedule to Iloilo.

She shared that her daughters and her entire family are looking forward to seeing her even just for a minute in the airport once she flies to Iloilo because she was told she will need to go directly to the hospital for a check-up.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng OFW sa Hong Kong, lahat ng sumusuporta through prayers, maraming salamat sa inyong tulong. Malaking tulong ang financial help para sa akin at sa aking pamilya.”

Galvez in the last part of our interview shared she is excited to eat fresh seafood and vegetables, especially the “linapwa” dish cooked by her husband which is her favourite.

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