Injured Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih weeps on leaving hospital
Domestic helper is discharged from hospital while woman faces alleged abuse charges
Doctors discharged injured Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih yesterday after a stay of nearly a month in hospital.
Surrounded by relatives, a tearful but smiling Erwiana emerged in a wheelchair from Amal Sehat Islamic Hospital in Sragen, in the eastern part of central Java, to be greeted by an army of well-wishers.
She said she could "laugh a bit more" and was feeling less stressed following treatment for her injuries, and she hoped her life would be able to return to normal.
"I want my old life back. I want to go shopping at the mall, wear make-up and return to school," the 23-year-old said before heading to her family home in a village on Java.
Erwiana boarded a flight back to Indonesia from Hong Kong on January 10 and was subsequently admitted to hospital where her condition was initially described as critical.
She had arrived in Hong Kong on May 27 last year and spent eight months working for a local family.
Samsudin Nurseha, director of the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Foundation, said Erwiana was recovering well, but had been instructed to return to hospital once a week indefinitely.
Eni Lestari, spokeswoman for the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, said the injured maid's main problem was dizzy spells, although they were not occurring as often as before.
"The hospital found a blood clot in her head and swollen nerves," she said.
Cynthia Ca Abdon-Tellez, the head of the Mission for Migrant Workers, said that the organisation hoped Erwiana was "much better, and would be able to recuperate faster in order to be able to attend to anything she needs to do".
"For now, she needs a lot of rest and medication," she added.
A 44-year-old woman was charged last month in connection with the alleged abuse of three Indonesian domestic helpers.
Hong Kong is home to nearly 300,000 maids, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines.