Compiled by ALLISON LAI, MARTIN CARVALHO and R. ARAVINTHAN
FILIPINA Papin (pic), who has been working as a domestic helper in Singapore for 31 years, is truly treasured by her longtime employer as part of the family.
The 63-year-old, who is single, is being cared for by the family after suffering two strokes within a month, reported China Press.
One of the family’s children, who is known only as Xue, 26, said Papin came to the island republic to work to pay for her mother’s medical treatment and support her seven siblings back home.
“My parents hired Papin when my eldest sister was born 31 years ago and she has been with us since.
“Papin has been an important and valued member in our family.
“She loves me and my other sisters like her own and she is like a mother to us, ” she said.
After the strokes, Xue said Papin has not been able to speak or swallow, and half of her body is paralysed.
“All of us are shaken upon seeing her condition and I feel like my world has turned upside down.
“We pray that she will get well soon and we will care for her no matter what, so that she can return home one day, ” she added.
> A seven-month-old baby in China died after becoming unconscious following a fall from the bed, Oriental Daily reported. The incident took place in China recently.
The baby had apparently fallen from bed while the grandmother, who was babysitting, went to the kitchen to do some cooking.
Seeing that the baby did not cry and had no physical injuries, the grandmother did not suspect anything amiss or mention the incident to the parents who were out working.
But the next morning, she revealed the incident after the mother found that the baby refused to drink milk.
The mother then rushed her child to the hospital but the baby had fallen unconscious and died at the hospital later.
The hospital doctor said the baby suffered head injuries and intracranial hemorrhage, which could have injured the voice control area, and that was why the baby did not cry after falling.
The doctor also said that if the baby was sent to the hospital sooner, the tragedy could have been avoided.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.