OFW who had a stroke in KSA in 2020, is still in hospital

The family of an OFW who suffered a stroke while in Saudi Arabia in May 2020 is very worried. They do not know his situation because the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rarely gives them information about the condition of their relative who is still in the hospital.

OFW Leo Casaquite has worked as a family driver in Dammam for 14 years. According to Leo's wife Almira, her husband plans to return home in 2020 to attend the graduation of one of their children scheduled for June.

Pero Mayo pa lang, nangyari na ang hindi inaasahan nang ma-stroke si Leo at isinugod sa ospital. Nagpapasalamat si Almira sa amo ng kaniyang mister na sumagot umano sa operasyon ni Leo at iba pang gastusin sa ospital.

However, the family allegedly lacked information from OWWA about Leo's condition that they would have liked to return to the Philippines.

"Update update lang pero pagka-ano wala na po,"  Almira said. "Kahit sino naman pong ganyan po ang kalagayan hindi mapapakali. Nagpapakatatag na lang po kami."

Administrator Hans Cacdac, of OWWA, apologized if his office failed to provide frequent information on Leo’s condition.

But he made sure they were focusing on the case of Leo who remains in the hospital. Leo is now said to have sepsis or an infection in his body that requires continuous antibiotics.

Naghihintay din lang daw ang OWWA ng clearance o pahintulot ang ospital sa KSA kung puwede nang ibiyahe si Leo pauwi ng Pilipinas. Sabi pa ni Cacdac, nasa tinatawag na extended care unit ng ospital si Leo ay may nakakabit sa kaniyang oxygen.

"Once na makuha natin na fit to travel niya, yung certification niya, we will bring him home and help sa kaniyang after care pagdating dito," According to the Hospital.

So far, Cacdac has offered one of the family members that they will help go to KSA to visit there and personally see Leo’s condition.

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