OFW to undergo neck surgery, another in ICU due to turbulence

By Marita Moaje

May 23, 2024, 7:54 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

(PNA file photo)


MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is closely monitoring the situation of five Filipinos who were injured when their Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence Tuesday.

In an advisory on Thursday, the DMW said the female Singapore-based overseas Filipino worker (OFW) earlier reported to have suffered a neck fracture and back injuries is scheduled to undergo surgery.

There is no information yet on the treatment or surgery options for her back injuries but the DMW said her condition is stable although “sensitive.”

Meanwhile, the other three Filipinos – a family of three, consisting of a two-year-old male infant, his mother, a United Kingdom-based Filipina staff nurse, and her husband – are all in stable condition.

The DMWs Migrant Workers Office (MWO) in London said the mother is already a permanent resident in the UK, while her husband is on a dependent’s visa.

The MWO-London also reported that the fifth Filipino passenger, a 62-year-old man, is currently in an intensive care unit (ICU) after becoming unconscious.

“Doctors are monitoring his condition for further evaluation and treatment. A nephew based in Bangkok is assisting him,” the advisory said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Singapore Airlines flight SQ 321 was reportedly about 10 hours into its flight from London to Singapore, when midway through meal service, extreme turbulence struck.

One died and 71 others were injured. (PNA)