Paralyzed OFW returns home from Saudi


Posted at Mar 05 2014 07:11 PM | Updated as of Mar 06 2014 03:15 AM

MANILA – A Filipino who suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was recently reunited with her loved ones.

But Novelita Perez's homecoming would not have happened if not for the united effort of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Filipino community in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Perez arrived back in the country on March 2.

 The 45-year old native of Caloocan City was in the process of obtaining her final exit visa during the grace period set by the Kingdom for illegal workers last year when tragedy struck the runaway household helper.

She was brought to the Jeddah National Hospital (JNH) where she was cared for by the mostly Filipino staff.

Her hospital bills amounted to almost P2.4 million.

The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, with assistance from JNH doctors Grace Gonzales and Alex Tan, successfully negotiated for a substantial reduction in her hospital bill. The Consulate and the Filipino community also helped in securing the final exit visa of the OFW.