Pinoy kid in foster care in Dubai after mother falls into a coma
A four-year-old Filipino child has been placed under temporary care of a foster family in Dubai after her mother was hospitalized and is currently on life support, a report on Khaleej Times said.
The child's father, the report said, was deported last year for overstaying, leaving her with no other relatives in the United Arab Emirates, the report said.
"We are working on her immediate repatriation to the Philippines," the report quoted Philippine Deputy Consul General Giovanni Palec as saying in the report.
Palec said they are just waiting for the special power of attorney and a copy of the marriage certificate from the father in order for them to start the process of repatriation.
"The child still has a valid passport and the fare will be shouldered by the consulate," he said.
According to the report, the child's 46-year-old mother has been comatose for almost three weeks at a private hospital in Dubai. Her bill has reportedly reached over Dh300,000
The mother, who was working illegally as a domestic helper, reportedly suffered intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), a life-threatening emergency caused by bleeding inside the skull. Her prognosis was still unknown as of posting time.
Palec was quoted in the Khaleej Times report as saying that Philippine officials are already evaluating the kind of assistance that could be extended to the Filipina.
"But the priority for now is the child's repatriation," he said, as he appealed to Filipinos working illegally in the UAE to send their children home in the Philippines.
The report said the child was first left with the mother's flatmates before being sent to the Social Welfare Attaché of the Philippine Consulate. —KBK, GMA News