OFW's decomposing body arrives home 22 days after her death

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2017 07:50 PM

A photo of Teresa when she was still alive. Documents say the Nueva Ecija native died in Kuwait due to a heart attack but her family believes there is foul play involved. Photo courtesy of Quedding family.

MANILA - The family of an overseas Filipino worker who died in Kuwait is crying for justice over what they say was the apparent mishandling of the remains of their loved one.

Based on her medical certificate, Teresa Quedding, 38, who had been working in Kuwait for just 4 months, died of a heart attack last June 22.

Despite the family's efforts, the body of the OFW was brought back to the country only on July 14, or almost a month after her death.

Teresa's son, Valerry, said the recruitment agency promised they would handle the remains of their mother properly. But what they saw shocked them.

On the corpse of Teresa, a long stitch is seen on the body and on the neck. Her eyes and mouth are also open and some bloodstains are seen in the plastic where it was stored. Photo courtesy of Quedding family.

"Nagulat po kami kasi hindi man lang naembalsamo. Sabi po nila maayos saka nasa kabaong pero nasa plastic lang," he told ABS-CBN News. "Tapos hindi man lang sinabi sa amin na tatanggalin ang organs niya." 

(We were shocked because it seemed like the body was not even embalmed. We were told the body of my mother was handled well, and would arrive in a coffin but she arrived here in a plastic. We were also not told that her organs would be taken out.)

The body of Teresa was already decomposing when it arrived in country, according to the funeral parlor the family contacted.

Ernesto, the victim's husband, said the family also believes there was foul play in the death of his wife as they saw choke marks on her corpse.

He appealed to authorities to investigate the death of Teresa.

"Sana po matulungan kaming mabigyan ng hustisya at managot ang dapat managot sa nangyari," said the widower. 

(We appeal for help so that those responsible for this can be held liable.)

Valerry earlier posted the photo of his mother's corpse on Facebook hoping to call the attention of authorities. 

But trolls on social media made fun of the photo of her mother and created memes. 

The Quedding family appealed to netizens to respect the remains of their mother. 

Meanwhile, Horas Human Recruitment Agency, for its part, said they are ready to provide assistance to the grieving family 

"Nakikipag-usap na rin po kami para sa insurance nung OFW at sasamahan po namin sila sa OWWA para sa assistance," said a representative of the agency.

(We are already talking to those concerned for the insurance of the OFW, and we will accompany the family to OWWA.)

The family is set to meet with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on Monday.