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Mary Jane Bernardez Cayme is suffering from stage 4 breast cancer.

PHOTO BY MERLINA AUGUSTIN


Dubai Filipina who hid breast cancer from family returns home, friends appeal for help

 

DUBAI – A 55-year-old Filipina in Dubai who kept her breast cancer illness a secret from her family has been repatriated home, with her friends and co-workers in Dubai launching an online appeal for her urgent hospital treatment.

Mary Jane Bernardez Cayme, who worked as a flyer distributor for a salon in Dubai’s Satwa area, is now under mandatory quarantine at a hotel in Manila. A co-worker has volunteered to accompany her on the trip.

“It was her wish to go home to see her family,” Jejie Recel told Expatmedia.net on Thursday (October 22), adding that she is grateful to their employer at Blue Dream Salon for helping Cayme go home for treatment.

The pair arrived in Manila on October 18. It was Cayme’s first time to fly home after eight years of being away from her family.

“I only knew about her condition a few days before our flight when we went for a medical check-up at a hospital in Dubai. She has stage 4 breast cancer,” said Recel, who serves as Cayme’s caregiver at the hotel.

Photos of Cayme’s dire condition showed the Filipina with sores on one of her swollen breasts. She is seen in several photos in bed while workers from the Overseas Workers Welfare Association checked up on her.

“She kept her illness a secret until the last minute because she couldn’t bear to see them worried and she really wanted to work to support her family,” Merlina Osoteo Augustin, her co-worker in Dubai, told Expatmedia.net, “We were shocked to know about her condition.”

“She was very kind to us and served as our mother figure in Dubai,” Augustin said, describing Cayme.

Cayme has worked in Dubai in the last 12 years to support her family in Isabela province in the Philippines. Her husband and their two children, who only recently knew of her illness, are expected to bring her home when she is cleared from quarantine.

“She needs to undergo an operation right away. We hope people with big hearts will be able to help her in her time of need,” she said. ICA/Expat Media

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