SINGAPORE - To provide for her family in Myanmar, she came here in January to work as a foreign domestic worker.
Two weeks later, Madam Khin July Moe, 26, fell four storeys while cleaning the windows of her employer's flat and was rushed to the National University Hospital.
She survived, but is so badly hurt her family might now be in a worse off position than they were before she got here.
Married for 11 years with two daughters, she left her family behind to work in Singapore as she needed more money for her ailing mother's medical expenses.
Back home, Madam Khin would only sometimes get work earning her 1,536 Myanmar kyats (S$2).
Here, she was promised a monthly salary between $600 and $800.
The better pay, however, did not help in allaying her homesickness.
When she chatted with her husband on the phone a week later, she said she wanted to go home.
Taxi driver, Mr Zaw Myo Htike, 32, told The New Paper in a phone interview: "She said her employers were good to her, but she was depressed due to the language barrier.
"I told her to be patient and to put up with it for a while because she had already signed an agreement with the agent," Mr Zaw said.
It was Madam Khin's cousin, also a maid in Singapore, who called with the bad news of her four-storey fall. Her employer had called for an ambulance after she fell.
TNP understands that Madam Khin spent 15 days at the National University Hospital's intensive care unit before being moved to a normal ward.