A 32-year-old Filipina maid who reportedly attempted suicide in her employer’s house in Sheung Shui in the New Territories on August 1 was taken off life support after being pronounced clinically dead, according to officials from the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.
According to Consul Paulo Saret, the head of the consulate’s assistance to nationals section, staff at North District Hospital in Sheung Shui turned off the life support system at 2pm on Wednesday as the woman was declared brain-dead on Monday afternoon, the sunwebhk.com reported.
The woman’s husband, who she only married on June 25, arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday, just in time to see his wife being taken off life support. A source said the woman had returned home recently to get married in a civil ceremony and planned a church wedding later.
Her remains will be sent to the Philippines. The woman, who had worked in Hong Kong for eight years, had reportedly hanged herself in a bedroom and was found by her 39-year-old male employer, who took her down and called police. She was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Consul Saret advised Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong to talk with relatives and friends about their problems to unburden themselves or call for help. “Whatever problem a worker has, be it over money, or problems with employers, a solution can be found.”
The Consulate’s hotline is open 24 hours a day with an officer ready to listen and advise them. Those who need to contact Assistance to National (ATN) may call the consular hotline, 9155 4023.
For work-related concerns, they can call the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s hotline on 6345 9324 or 5529 1880 for the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.