Employers appeal online for donations for maid who suffered brain aneurysm

An online funding campaign is ongoing for an Indian foreign domestic worker in Singapore who suffered from a brain aneurysm, according to a news report. Kawaljeet Kaur works for an Indian expat family in Singapore, and the Facebook page set up for donations has amassed 661 likes.

On Sunday, Kawaljeet complained of a headache and nausea before losing consciousness. She was admitted to Changi General Hospital and underwent one surgery. But doctors say she may need multiple operations.

An invoice posted on a Facebook page initially set up to help raise funds showed that the first bill amounted to $15,304.13.11154893_1579047315685118_5812835525781772636_oSource

What is brain aneurysm?

An aneurysm is an abnormal, weak spot on a blood vessel that causes an outward bulging or ballooning of the arterial wall… An aneurysm can affect any vessel in the body but only those in the head can cause a serious medical condition, a hemorrhagic stroke when they rupture, which can lead to brain damage and death.

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Looking for help online

Her employers have turned to the Internet to ask for help in paying her medical bills, which could amount to between $50,000 and $100,000 they say. They also mentioned  that foreign domestic worker insurance covers only up to $15,000.

According to the updates on Facebook, Kawaljeet is now out of the ICU.

Kawal is now off ventilator and out of ICU in a high observation ward. She spoke her first words yesterday, in mono syllables but progress indeed (sic).

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Most people online have been supportive, generously sharing the updates, well wishes and donations.

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Kawaljeet’s employers had initially asked the internet to transfer funds directly to their bank account. Since then, local Sikh charitable organisation Sikh Sewak has set up a fundraising page to extend their help.

Recently, more people have turned to crowdfunding avenues to ask friends or friends of friends to make a donation. Crowdfunding makes use of the power of technology and our online networks to get campaigns to go viral and people to donate, all for a good cause.

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Brain Aneurysm SNIS, Yahoo! Singapore