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PH thanks Taiwan after its successful brain surgery to Pinoy worker


On Thursday, Philippine official thanked Taiwan for recovering a Filipino migrant worker who was discharged from a local hospital the day after recovering from a brain tumor removal operation earlier this year.


Chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Gilberto Lauengco extended his thanks to Taiwan and the medical team during an event held at Asia University Hospital (AUH).


According to a statement released by the hospital, Frolian Tagara was successfully operated on to remove a medial sphenoid wing meningioma.


Before being diagnosed in October with a brain tumor, which had to be removed with a highly complicated procedure, AUH Superintendent Hsu Yung-hsin said Tagara first experienced a decline in vision, headaches and epilepsy.


After the diagnosis, he also fainted and was rushed to the emergency room suffering from stress.


The eight-hour surgery in January was a success, with no complications for the patient.


Hsu said he contacted MECO, which immediately arranged for Tagara's wife to visit Taiwan in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, after learning of the situation.


Aware of the huge financial strain on Tagara for the expense of medical care, husband and wife employers Liao Fu-shan and Wu Li-hua offered to cover the cost.


"We have worked many years together, and he is like a member of our family," Liao said.


"If I didn't help him, who else would?" Liao asked while praising Tagara as hard working and reliable.


Tagara worked in Taiwan for nine years and only returned to the Philippines about three years ago in an attempt to save money, his wife said on the same occasion.

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