Philippines Report

OFW who had a severe stroke dies in Kowloon

The Filipino domestic worker who had a severe stroke over the weekend in Kowloon has died.

She is the 24th overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Hong Kong who will be going home in a coffin this year.

A consulate official said Bernadett M. Natividad died on Monday (July 23) at the Kwong Wah Hospital.

She was brought there on July 21 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 family back in the Philippines.

“Her condition is critical and life-threatening. The patient will pass away at any moment,” said a hospital official.

Her family was not able to come here in HK before she passed away but the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) was able to contact a relative who is also working here as a domestic worker.

Based on OWWA data, stroke was the top cause of illness that led to the repatriation of OFWs here in HK in recent years.

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), according to OWWA.

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