Her lips have turned black, she can’t speak due to sores in her throat, and her whole body is covered in blisters.
Some 20 doctors have tended to her, but they can’t diagnose exactly what’s the problem.
Her condition appears to be getting worse by the day.
This all started on Friday (10 Jun).
Mdm Fang says her maid, Titin, complained of sore eyes and a sore throat.
She suspected that the maid her a fever and took her to the doctor the next day, but the doctor sensed that something wasn’t right and advised her to seek treatment at a hospital.
The hospital’s A&E staff couldn’t diagnose the problem, so they sent her home.
But two days later, blisters began to develop on the maid’s body.
Mdm Fang sent her to the hospital again and this time she was warded.
The 55-year-old employer says about 20 doctors have attended to her, but they can’t pinpoint what she’s suffering from.
The doctors believe it could be Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (a rare, serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes, which is usually a reaction to a medication or an infection).
Or, they suspect it could be Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (a disease that causes the top layer of skin to separate from the lower layers of the skin all over the body, leaving the body susceptible to severe infection).
Today, the young maid is bed-ridden at her employer’s home.
Her lips have turned black, and her blisters continue to grow and fester.
She has to rely on painkillers to get through the day.
Mdm Fang says the maid has worked for her for 12 years with no problems before this incident.
She said that her maid came from a well-to-do land-owning family back home in Indonesia, and suspects someone could have used black magic on her out of jealousy or spite.
Doctors say that the maid requires IVIG injections, and the cost per treatment can come up to S$2500.
Mdm Fang says sending her maid home for medical treatment would cost about S$30,000 altogether, and that has to paid in cash right from the start.
She is now in a facing a dilemma over what she should do next.