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Stranded pinay domestic helper from UAE gives birth in Bangkok, needs help for bills and baby stuff

A Filipina domestic helper in the UAE who was traveling back to the Philippines through Thailand gave birth on Monday, August 2 while completing her hospital quarantine after testing positive to COVID-19 upon arrival in Bangkok on July 13.

Kabayan Claret Ann Estoesta of La Union was only supposed to stop in Bangkok to complete her quarantine and then travel straight to Manila. However, she tested positive a day after her arrival and was transferred to a hospital quarantine in Bangpakok Hospital. Her COVID-19 hospitalization expenses were all covered by her insurance.

Her delivery and giving birth is not covered by the insurance. Estimated cost is 150,000 THB according to the hospital. Kabayan Claret Ann is also in need of baby milk, clothes, diapers and other stuff for the baby boy.

She was due to give birth on September 2 in the Philippines. She’s been in Bangkok because most flights have been canceled. She took a flight from UAE to Bangkok and then to the Philippines as it is one of the open routes to be able to go home.

More or less 30 Filipinos are now in Phuket under the Phuket Sandbox. Many of them are supposed to travel to the Philippines this month after completing their 14-day quarantine. However, flights from Bangkok to Manila have been banned by the Philippine government in a bid to stop the spread of Covid Delta variant.

For financial assistance, you may send to the account number below. Kabayan Jessy Catolico is one of the good Samaritans helping Claret Ann.

SCB Bank Jessy Jouanne Catolico 0712877604

For goods and baby stuff: c/o K’ Jen Escario 116/9 Revolution Hostel Sukhumvit 23 10110 Mobile: 0877908629

If you want to take your donations/goods directly to the hospital where she is staying, please contact the nurse in-charge of Kabayan Claret Ann at Bangpakok Hospital. c/o Kabayan Ma Josefa Alberto: +66802971613

Another kabayan has already offered a place to stay for the mother and her newborn son after they get discharged from the hospital until their flight back to Manila.

UPDATE: Bangpakok Group waives more than 100,000 THB hospital bills of stranded OFW, newborn in Bangkok