OFW HOSPITALIZED IN RIYADH BACK IN LA UNION

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union– An Overseas Filipino Worker who suffered a stroke and was confined in a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, arrived in Manila on Nov. 27 and was transported immediately to the Ilocos Regional Training and Medical Center here.

Leah Gurion, 28, accompanied by a Filipino nurse, was met at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by her sister Joann and husband.

She gained attention in social media after her health condition was posted in a Facebook account of OFW families on Sept. 2.

The post generated more than 12,500 shares and 1,500 comments including expressions of support from OFWs, families and friends. Netizens called for concerned government offices for her repatriation.

A native of Bauang town, Gurion has been confined for the past five months at the Prince Abdullaziz Din Musaad Hospital.

“This is an early Christmas gift for our family and we thank all those who prayed and helped to bring back my daughter to us,” Leah’s mother Christina said.

Playing roles in Gurion’s successful repatriation were the local government of Bauang and the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office 1, her local recruitment agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh.

The Bauang local government provided financial support for Gurion’s continuing hospitalization. Joanna D. Sabado/PIA