Injured Pinay gets help from PH consulate in New York

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Posted at Feb 15 2017 12:14 AM

Consul Kerwin Tate hands over the check to Mr. Gumersindo Baun Photo courtesy of the Philippine Consulate in New York

The Philippine Consulate General in New York has extended financial help to the family of a Filipina worker who figured in an accident last month in Connecticut.

The Assistance to Nationals unit of the consulate handed a check worth US$1,400 to Marianne Baun's husband, Gumersindo Baun, last week.

"As sole breadwinner of the family, Marianne's inability to work has put a severe strain on the family's resources. Her husband appealed to the Philippine government for any assistance they could get," the consulate said in a statement.

Marianne, a physical therapist in one of the hospitals in Connecticut, was seriously injured in a car accident last January 10, 2017. She was comatose for several weeks. She remains confined at the intensive care unit of a hospital and is gradually recovering, the consulate said.

Her husband was with her in the car. He is also still recovering from injuries he sustained from the accident.

Marianne entered the U.S. as a temporary worker in 2014. The couple have three children with them in the U.S.

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) quickly authorized assistance for the subsistence of the Baun family.

For his part, Mr. Baun thanked the government for its assistance. He said the amount will go a long way in supporting the family during the period that he and his wife were recovering from the injuries they had sustained. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up by Marianne’s colleagues in the hopes of raising money for the family’s everyday and other expenses.