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Maid only 'has 3 months left to live'

CARING: Ms Warsiin was worried about who would care for her employer's family.


    Sep 01, 2016

    Maid only 'has 3 months left to live'

    THE employer of a domestic worker who has cared for his grandparents and brother for eight years is seeking to return her kindness after she was recently found to have late-stage cancer.

    Warsiin, 45, is from a small village in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

    Last week, she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

    Her employer, Ye Qingyang, a 37-year-old accountant, told Wanbao that he lives with his grandmother, who has trouble walking, and a younger brother who is mentally and physically impaired after a high fever as a child.

    He had hired Ms Warsiin eight years ago when his grandfather was paralysed after a stroke.

    The latter died five years ago.

    She worked 18 hours a day, with duties including showering and administering medicine to Mr Ye's brother and grandmother.

    Last Thursday, she was hospitalised for abdominal pains.

    "The doctor said she only has three months left to live even with chemotherapy, surgery or experimental drugs," said Mr Ye.

    "Her chances of survival are virtually zero."

    He has kept this from Ms Warsiin, telling her instead that she could have a chance if she underwent chemotherapy.

    He added that she has decided to return home to Indonesia for treatment.

    "To be honest, the financial situation at home isn't very good either but I will do whatever it takes that can help prolong her life," he said.

    Other than paying for about $10,000 worth of medical fees, he is forking out $4,000 for her estimated $24,000 chemotherapy costs in Indonesia.

    He is discussing with his friends on how to come up with the remaining money.

    Ms Warsiin has been discharged and is recuperating at home while waiting to be sent to Indonesia for treatment.

    After learning about her illness, she broke down and cried, Mr Ye said.

    But her thoughts were still with his family, as her first words were: "Who's going to look after grandma and younger brother now?"

    Even so, she has been optimistic and is determined not to give up, wanting to beat her illness, said her employer.

    Ms Warsiin, who left her country for work at 16, came from a poor family and was abandoned by her husband.

    She has single-handedly raised her only son, now 25.

    After all these years working for the Ye family, she has developed a strong bond with them. She teared up when talking about leaving Singapore because of her illness.

    But she mustered a smile and told Wanbao that she "hoped they would live even better lives in future".