When manager Tammie Too learned that her family’s domestic helper suffered from kidney failure, she knew she had to do something.
Dasiyati, whom they called Yati, was informed of her condition after returning to Singapore from a two-week break in her hometown of Semarang, Indonesia. The 35-year-old had blood in her urine and her body was retaining too much water.
Tests at Changi General Hospital found that her kidneys were functioning at a dismal 10%, AsiaOne reported.
At that rate, Yati was undoubtedly fighting for her life. She was advised to undergo dialysis and kidney transplant.
To help with Yati’s treatment, Tammie decided to share her story on GIVEAsia, an online fundraising platform. She sought to raise SGD $50,000 ($35,270) to cover “initial treatments and medication.”
“She is not just my domestic helper, but my dear friend and a great nanny to my kids… I can’t help but to cry at the diagnosis. We hugged and cried together. With her condition, there is no way she can continue working for us. Also, she receives no subsidies here as she is a non-Singaporean.”
Tammie shared that Yati has a daughter who attends school while her husband struggles to find work. She added:
“No matter of the level of our economic status, I believe every individual deserves proper medical treatment and a chance in life. She is an individual loved by God and I believe together, our contributions can make a difference to her life.”
In a January 24 update, Tammie informed that she had just accompanied Yati back to Semarang, where she is set to continue her treatment. The kind employer also thanked donors for sharing sufficient help, which, as of press time, amounted to SGD $35, 419 ($24,985):
“Based on the preliminary information I am receiving, the amount I have collected could be sufficient to sustain her treatment and even long term care. I am thankful for that. I am in the midst of verifying the information. Thus, I will end the fund raising now and will reach out again if I have to.”
Get well soon, Yati!