Good Samaritans come to the rescue of cancer-stricken maid

DUBAI — Everything has turned out well for Yodinge Jenitha, a 34-year-old Sri Lankan housemaid suffering from cancer, after Khaleej Times published a report recently, highlighting her pathetic situation which had forced her to stay away from hospital.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2005, 9:13 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:45 PM

Good Samaritans had come forward to arrange for an immediate surgery, help settle her hospital bills, and make arrangements for her return home.

Since the publication of her story, a number of good Samaritans have been calling up the newspaper office, offering all assistance to the poor housemaid who needs immediate surgery.

The woman, diagnosed with a severe form of cancer known as Rectal AdenoCarcinoma, is now admitted to the Kuwaiti Hospital in Sharjah with the assistance of an Emirati woman who has pledged money for her surgery and medical treatment. In addition, several other residents of the UAE have volunteered to help her with air tickets and other expenses involved in her early repatriation to Sri Lanka.

Yesterday, Jenitha went through a CT scan and other initial treatments prior to the surgery which will take place soon.

“Thanks to the good-hearted people. I was so worried since death has been staring at me. I hope everything now turns for good,” said Jenitha from her hospital bed.

Jenitha had earlier refused to be admitted to the hospital following lack of financial resources to pay Dh4,000 for her initial surgery at the Kuwaiti Hospital. “Now, I feel much better and everything seems to be on the right track. I am positive now and God will bless all the good-hearted people who have helped me,” she said.

However, the problem of Jenitha’s passport and fines for overstay still remains. She lost her passport and is now waiting for an outpass from the Sri Lankan Consulate to go back to the country.

According to a source at the Sri Lankan Consulate, “it will take time to complete the proceedings for an outpass.” Jenitha, a widow, arrived in the UAE four years ago on a housemaid visa with the hope of earning a decent livelihood and supporting her three children.

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