A family in Singapore has raised more than S$50,000 to help their Indonesian domestic helper who fell ill suddenly and is now in an intensive care unit (ICU) in hospital.
On Thursday (March 5), a post was shared on Instagram under the name @ibrokar, who requested help from the online community.
At the introduction, @ibrokar, or Mr Ibrohim, wrote: “This is my helper. She’s been working for us since 2018. She’s a great helper, and we planned to extend her contract. Diligent, honest and kind. She really takes care of my mum and the household well. She’s 33 years old, with two young kids, aged 4 and 9. To us, she’s like family.”
The man said that on Feb 7, the helper, Ms Siti Sariyah bte Murbaksari, fainted and experienced seizures. She was immediately taken to hospital, where she continued to have recurring seizures. After almost one month in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Ms Siti is still in ICU.
Doctors believe Ms Siti has autoimmune brain inflammation wherein her immune system is attacking itself instead of protecting her. “She’s been on a mechanical ventilator for breathing support and is fighting for her life,” said Mr Ibrohim.
Doctors have told the family that Ms Siti’s case is quite rare, with only two or three similar ones a year. Those who experience seizures only need one or two medications to suppress the attack, but Ms Siti is receiving seven for hers.
Mr Ibrohim said the hospital bills have amounted to S$105,000 as of March 3 and will only increase due to her critical condition. “Siti is like family to us, and we’re doing our best to help her as much as we can,” he said. “Just like us, she has dreams to create a better future for herself,” he added.
Doctors say her recovery will be slow and that, in the long run, she will need to return to Indonesia for medical care. Mr Ibrohim said Ms Siti could only claim up to a maximum of S$15,000 from her insurance and that the financial burden “is too much for the family to bear”. The family hopes for Ms Siti to recover before returning to her home to recuperate.
With that in mind, Mr Ibrohim’s family started a fund-raising campaign to help with her hospital bills.
Mr Ibrohim, through an update on his post, expressed their utmost appreciation to everyone who donated and supported Ms Siti’s cause. “We’ve been so touched with the incredible help and support we’ve received from loved ones, friends and strangers alike, who have donated, spread the word and offered prayers for Siti,” he wrote. “Charity is never a loss. This huge test has also shown me that there’s so much kindness in this world.”
He included photos of Indonesian helpers who contributed to Ms Siti’s medical bills and did it “old school style” in a ledger book. “I’m amazed by these generous souls who don’t even have much monetarily, but have the biggest heart to still give and help,” he added.
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Siti has been a great help for us – diligent, honest and kind. We treat her like family. Unfortunately, on 7 February, she fainted and had seizures, and was immediately brought to the nearest hospital. It's been close to a month now, but doctors have still not found any root cause/diagnosis. She's been having recurring seizures and doctors are suspecting that it's due to an autoimmune brain inflammation where her immune system mistakenly attacks her healthy brain cells. She's been on mechanical ventilator for breathing support since then, and is fighting for her life. . Her bills have amounted to $105k as of 3/3, and will only increase as she is still critically ill. Siti is like family to us, and we're doing our best to help her as much as we can. She's only 33 years old, with 2 young kids aged 4 and 9, and just like us, have dreams to create a better future for herself. . We're doing a fundraising campaign (link in my bio) where all proceeds will go directly to pay her hospital bill. Doctors have said that her recovery will be slow, and the long term plan is to send her back to Indonesia for medical care. If you would like to contribute to her air ambulance costs, and to her family for when they continue medical care for her, please Paynow me directly at 98432768 with the comment 'pleasehelpSiti'. If you can, please also help to spread the word. . We've been so so touched with the incredible help and support we've received from loved ones, friends and strangers alike, who have donated, spread the word and offered prayers for Siti. Charity is never a loss. This huge test has also shown me that there's so much kindness in this world, and that truly, God has been with us every step of the way. May He reward and bless all of you abundantly ❤️ #pleasehelpSiti
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