Dubai OFW who woke up from 9-month coma finally flies home

Perlie Almonte| Image from Russ A Consulting Eng Facebook page

DUBAI, UAE  –  The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who recovered from a nine-month coma last year has finally returned to the country on Sunday, September 3, after a two-year treatment at Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

The Filipina, 35-year-old Perlie Almonte,  who used to work as supervisor for a Dubai courier company, was found unconscious inside the bathroom of the house where she was staying on April 18, 2015. She has since slipped into a coma after she was brought to the hospital.

In January 2016, or nine months after her admission at the hospital, Almonte regained consciousness which enabled doctors to perform intensive active physiotherapy coupled with neurological rehabilitation plan on her.

Dr. Zeyad Al Rais, Head of Critical Care Department at Rashid Hospital, said Almonte suffered from intracerebral hemorrhage – a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding within the brain tissue.

She has since looked forward to returning to her home country ever since, after nearly two years of confinement.

On Sunday, her wish finally came true.

“I am so excited to go home. The first thing I’d love to do is hug my two kids,” said Almonte, who still had some difficulty speaking and had to type the words on her mobile phone.

Fit, well and grateful

Almonte said she’s very grateful to all the people who never gave up on her and took care of her while undergoing treatment. Her employer, DHL, shouldered all the medical and repatriation expenses.

“My whole experience was challenging but encouraging at the same time. I have all but gratitude to the people who took care of me, Dr. Zeyad and the doctors and nurses at Ward 26, Kuya (brother) Rey Angulo, the people from church — all of them treated me as if I’m their own,” she told Gulf News.

Arrangements have been made for her to be taken to Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta Cruz, Laguna where she will continue the rehabilitation procedure.

“I’d always hoped that I’d get better. The fact remains now that I am fit and well, and that’s the most important part,” Almonte said.

Welcome back, Ma’am!