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Filipino worker sent home with Taiwan aid; mother says thank-you

Filipino worker sent home with Taiwan aid; mother says thank-you

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) A Filipino migrant worker who fell into a coma due to a heart disease has returned to the Philippines for further treatment, after receiving aid and support from Taiwan, which his mother was grateful for. The Filipino worker, Jamee Reynaldo L. Rosauro, and his mother Nora Rosauro, arrived in the Philippines on March 16, said the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), which represents Philippine interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. "Your generous contribution and support made it possible for us of going home," the mother said in a recent letter to express her "heartfelt and sincere gratitude" for the help extended from Taiwan's donors. In a statement Friday, MECO also expressed appreciation for the assistance -- from both Taiwanese donors and Philippine nationals in Taiwan -- that made it possible for the sick worker to return to the Philippines. The Filipino worker had been working in a factory in Minhsiung, Chiayi County since his arrival in Taiwan in September 2012. He collapsed suddenly on 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, he 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 came to Taiwan last December and has since been taking care of him at the nursing home. Since his condition was caused by heart defects rather than an occupational hazard, his medical costs are not covered by his insurance policy. His mother wanted to take him back to his home in the Philippines for further treatment, but did not have enough money to pay for her son's medical costs in Taiwan and their flight home. After learning of their plight, the Chiayi County Social Affairs Bureau asked the Ministry of Labor Affairs for urgent aid of NT$100,000 (US$2,917). The bureau also worked with MECO and managed to raise another NT$180,000 from local charities, including the Chiayi Do Good group. The funds were given by representatives of the donors to the Philippine worker's mother on March 10 to help them return home. (By Elaine Hou, Huang Kuo-fang and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-03-05 22:59 GMT+08:00