Filipina Domestic Worker Dies of Stroke in Hong Kong

A Filipino domestic worker has died in a Hong Kong hospital on July 23, two days after an appeal was sent out to get her family in the Philippines to be by her bedside went viral, The SUN reported.

Bernadett Manalo Natividad, 37, who hails from Guiguinto, Bulacan, died without regaining consciousness after suffering a stroke just hours after she was rushed to the hospital. Her sister and a group of friends managed to gather at the hospital after she was confined in critical condition.

Natividad’s medical condition became known to thousands of people after authorities from Kwong Wah Hospital sent a letter appealing for help in facilitating travel of her family from the Philippines to Hong Kong. The message then went viral on social media.

“The abovenamed patient was admitted on the 21st July 2018 for severe hemorrhagic stroke. Her condition is critical and life-threatening. The patient will pass away at any moment,” said the letter, which was accompanied by a copy of the Filipina’s Hong Kong ID.

”It has come to our attention that she has family members residing in the Philippines. For her sake, please consider the early processing of their application to visit the patient as soon as possible,” the letter urged.

It was natividad’s employer who called Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s hotline after finding the helper unconscious on the night of Jul 21, according to Virsie Tamayao of the OWWA office. The employer is also coordinating with the assistance to nationals section of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong in repatriating the victim’s remains.

Tamayao said she personally went to Kwong Wah on Jul 22 to extend assistance, but Natividad was still in intensive care at the time, fighting for her life. Only a nurse reportedly briefed her on the patient’s condition.

Bernadett Manalo Natividad has been working in Hong Kong since 2015, and has been with her current employer for just a little over a year. She is married with two young children.

The OFW’s family would be entitled to the P100,000 death benefit plus P20,000 funeral assistance extended to all OWWA members. In addition, one of her children would be given scholarship until she finishes college, in line with OWWA’s Education and Livelihood Assistance Program.

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