Filipina Helper in Singapore Grateful to Employer For Paying Over US$4,000 Medical Bills

A Filipina domestic helper earlier diagnosed with a heart condition in May has spoken glowingly about her employer who not only took care of her but also shouldered her medical expenses.

Maria, 45, has been working in Singapore since 2006, when she took over her mother-in-law to work for a Singapore family, said a report by Shin Min Daily News.

Prior to being invited to fill her mother-in-law’s shoes, Maria would often visit the house where the latter worked and was welcomed generously by the owner, who would give her biscuits and chocolate. Her mother-in-law retired in 2012, having served the family for 10 years.

Maria said she felt blessed and that her employer treated her like a real member of the family.

However, in May, she was dealt with a setback after she diagnosed with a heart condition and had to stay in hospital for three days. Her employer prepared rice porridge for her each day and paid S$6,428 (US$4,785) in medical fees for her. Her employer subsequently took her for weekly acupuncture and massage sessions to rehabilitate her condition.

Last month Maria asked her employer if she could borrow a folding table to celebrate a friend’s birthday picnic at a nearby park. But her employer did more than just that; she took Maria to the Telok Ayer Market to buy ingredients and hosted the party at the family home.

Maria said she was very moved by her employer’s generosity.

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