Despite returning to the Philippines from UAE jobless and ailing, this 33-year-old expatriate wholeheartedly thanked the country for its kindness.

Jesrel Joya, 33-year-old and a resident of Sharjah is healthy and active until he got diagnosed with vasculitis, an inflammation of blood vessels. Despite the sad discovery of her ailment, he couldn’t help but be thankful to the kindness of the people in Dubai, something that he will surely treasure for a lifetime.

According to Gulf News, Joya found strange spots located on his lower legs that baffled him.

“They started as small red bumps on my lower leg. I did not pay too much attention as I thought they were just insect bites,” says Joya. “The next day, they worsened. They looked like clusters of blisters and rashes all over my feet, shin, and calf.”

Joya, who works at a water transport company, refuses to go to the doctor as he does not have medical insurance. However, the worst news was heard when he gathered up his courage and went into the doctor with just Dh50 in his wallet. He was diagnosed with vasculitis.

Joya was in visit visa to find a job in the emirate but the doctors who attended to him refused to charge him with any fees. Additionally, he got to buy some medicines through the help of his sister as well as friends and church mates.

However, Joya was advised to see a rheumatologist dig more about the cause of his ailment. Everything that followed, he referred to as miraculous.

A team of doctors from the Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah, headed by Dr. Amit Kumar and Dr. HumeiraBadsha, a consultant Rheumatologist, facilitated the examination.

As for his flight back to the Philippines, he is most thankful to the Philippine Consulate-General as he facilitated everything upon his visit visa expiry.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me, all the doctors who looked after me, Dr. Amit and Dr.Humeira, and the nurses, and the Philippine Consulate as well. I will continue my treatment in the Philippines and try my luck at job hunting later,” Joya said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kumar said that he got pity to the young man who was wheelchair-bound all of a sudden.

“When I first saw Joya in early May, he was in pain. He was a young man who had become wheelchair-bound all of a sudden — not able to walk, requiring pain medicine and a helper full-time. So he was in a bad situation both emotionally and physically. But his wounds are much better now, his pain more manageable. He is still recovering and it’s going to take a few more months to get back on his feet,” the kind doctor said.


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