Domestic helper dies in hospital days after suspected heart attack

Mary Ann B. Rojo, 50, died three days after a suspected heart attack at her employer’s Yuen Long home. Photo: Facebook
Mary Ann B. Rojo, 50, died three days after a suspected heart attack at her employer’s Yuen Long home. Photo: Facebook

A domestic helper who collapsed from a suspected heart attack in her employer’s Yuen Long home passed away in the hospital Tuesday.

According to Filipino-founded newspaper The Sun, Mary Ann B. Rojo fainted Saturday night when she was preparing to go to bed.

Rojo’s friend, Maynalyn Reynante, grew concerned Sunday morning as Rojo was not answering her calls ahead of their planned gathering. Reynante went to Rojo’s employer’s home in Fairview Park, where she was told that Rojo collapsed the night before and was comatose in Pok Oi Hospital.

The 50-year-old never regained consciousness. She died at 10:56 pm on Tuesday night.

Mary Ann B. Rojo, 50, is survived by his husband and two children.

Reynante, who has known Rojo for six years, told The Sun that her friend had high blood pressure and was taking maintenance pills. Recently, Rojo said that she felt dizzy when standing up.

A mother of two, Rojo leaves behind a 14-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter. She reportedly said she had wanted to return home to the Philippines for good as she missed her children. She and her husband ran a furniture store in their hometown of San Vincente in Palawan, an island province in the west of the Philippines.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, an agency of the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment, said that Rojo’s family would receive financial assistance, as well as money for the burial.

In a Facebook group called Social Justice for Migrant Workers, many left RIP messages for Rojo. “Condolences to the whole family,” one person wrote. “May her soul rest in peace.”

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