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Indonesian caretaker thanks doctors who saved her life

2017-12-01  English News
Amy (right) and her doctor Lin Jing-wang (left); photo courtesy of CNA
Amy (right) and her doctor Lin Jing-wang (left); photo courtesy of CNA
Taipei, Nov. 30 (CNA) An Indonesian migrant caretaker expressed her appreciation on Thursday for the excellent health care services in Taiwan, without which she would likely have died from cancer and its related complications.

Amy, a 31-year-old Indonesian caretaker, has been working at a home in Miaoli County for over two years.

On Nov. 3, her employer rushed her to the county's Da Chien General Hospital when she showed signs of renal edema, or swelling of her kidneys.

Doctors found that she had stage 3 cervical cancer, with a 7-centimeter tumor that pressed against her pelvis, therefore blocking her ureter.

The condition resulted in an acute renal failure and sepsis, a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs.

When the doctors explained Amy's conditions to her employer and broker, they responded coldly, with the latter asking the doctors to take care of the most immediate issues first after which Amy would be sent back to Indonesia because her contract was ending mid-December.

The hospital's deputy superintendent and head of gynecology Lin Jing-wang (林敬旺) said that he was extremely outraged when he heard what the broker said.

He reportedly told the broker that "from a human rights standpoint, you cannot do this."

Ignoring the broker's instructions, Lin and his team of oncologists, urologists, gynecologists, and radiologists treated Amy for the following two weeks, slowly shrinking the tumor and getting her kidneys back to health.

As of Thursday, Amy was in good, stable health. She transferred to a hospital in Taipei so that she could be close to the Representative Office of Indonesia in Taipei should she need any assistance.

Lin said that the total bill for the medical treatments was about NT$200,000 (US$6,666), and that the Da Chien charitable foundation will help Amy pay it.

Amy and her friends and Indonesian compatriots who showered her with support voiced their thanks for Taiwan's medical services.

She also made sure to thank her doctors at Da Chien before departing for the hospital in Taipei.