OFW comatose after near-fatal car accident returns tonight from Jeddah

June 22, 2009 8:50 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, June 22 — Former Jeddah-based overseas Filipino worker Ruben de Leon may be in bad shape when he returns home to the Philippines tonight, but that is enough consolation to his beleaguered family who had waited months since he became comatose following a near-fatal car accident in September 2008.

De Leon was hit by a car driven by a minor, whose identity was not revealed by the DFA.

He was scheduled to arrive early tonight via Saudi Airlines, accompanied by his attending medical doctor, Dr. Ashraf Abdulaziz Ibrahim, and his unnamed Filipino therapist at the Soliman Fakeeh Hospital in Jeddah, where he was confined for eight months.

His mother, Marissa de Leon, was to meet him at the airport and escort him as he lays on a stretcher all the way home to Taytay, Rizal.

Dr. Ashraf had recommended the repatriation of De Leon so that his own family could help in his recovery. The doctor said De Leon at time refused to cooperate in his therapy sessions in the hospital in Jeddah, but may relent if he is with family.

The patient no longer needs further surgery but will require physiotherapy or rehabilitation to achieve full recovery, Dr. Ashraf had advised Philippine Consul-General Ezzedin Tago in Jeddah.

Tago reported that De Leon will receive insurance benefits from Saudi Arabia’s General Organization Social Insurance (GOSI) and monetary compensation from his Saudi Arabian employer to cover rehabilitation expenses in the Philippines.

The DFA coordinated with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in providing De Leon’s family with assistance, particularly for an ambulance that will transport the patient to his residence in Taytay. (PNA)

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