Telok Ayer Market, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
Telok Ayer Market, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 45-year-old Filipina domestic helper who was diagnosed with a heart condition in May has spoken glowingly of her employer, who has covered her medical expenses.

The helper, named Maria, has worked in Singapore since 2006. Her current employer previously employed Maria’s mother-in-law, according to a report in 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 one of the family.

In May, she was 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.

Last month Maria asked her employer if she could borrow a folding table to celebrate a friend’s birthday picnic at a nearby park. Instead, her employer took her 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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