Comatose Filipino in Dubai awaits repatriation

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Nobody wants to meet Alicia delos R., not even her son, as she blinks and shuts her eyes in a city hospital with the staff being her only companions. The 53 year old Filipina who suffered hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) during a cardiac arrest, has been lying in a vegetative state at the Aster Mankhool Hospital for the last four months

It is also a sad reminder about the fate of many such patients either on visit or expired visas lying in a comatose state in public and private hospitals in the country with nowhere to go. The hospital has in the last four months spent Dh500,000 on her care as she has no insurance cover and her son who is unable to afford the hospital expense has also stopped taking any calls from the hospital staff.

The hospital is facing a typical situation where it wants to free the bed for other needy patients and also make sure the patient is reunited with her family back home which to some extent will emotionally rehabilitate her. They are looking to repatriate her to her country, but the Philippines Consulate has allegedly not yet responded positively to their request”.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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