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Sick Filipino worker to be sent home with Taiwanese aid

Sick Filipino worker to be sent home with Taiwanese aid

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Filipino worker Rosauro Jamee Reynaldo Lutaw who fell into a coma as a result of heart disease will be flown home March 15, thanks to donations from Taiwanese. Reynaldo, 25, had been working in a factory in Minhsiung, Chiayi County since his arrival in Taiwan in September, 2012. He collapsed suddenly Nov. 30, 2014, despite having shown no previous symptoms of illness. A thorough examination found that he has congenital heart defects of which he himself was unaware. Although doctors managed to save his life with urgent surgery, Reynaldo fell into a deep coma and was transferred to a nursing home for medical care after 25 days of treatment in the hospital. His mother, who came to Taiwan last December, has been taking care of him at the nursing home. Since his condition was caused by heart defects rather than an occupational hazard, Reynaldo's medical costs are not covered by his insurance policy, and owing to the language barrier, his mother wanted to take him back to his home in the Philippines for further treatment. However, Reynaldo has had difficulty in meeting his medical costs in Taiwan, not to mention the cost of his flight home. After learning of his plight, the Chiayi County Social Affairs Bureau asked the Ministry of Labor Affairs for urgent aid of NT$100,000 (US$2,917), and managed to raise another NT$180,000 from local charities, including the Chiayi Do Good group. Witnessed by officials from the Social Affairs Bureau, the funds were given by representatives of the donors to Reynaldo's mother Tuesday to help them return home. (By Huang Kuo-fang and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 19:42 GMT+08:00