Housewife dies after vomiting 6 times in 50mins

SINGAPORE - A 49-year-old woman suddenly collapsed and died last Thursday after vomiting six times in 50 minutes.

Her son Wu Yingjie, 27, said that at about six in the morning, he noticed that his mother was looking pale and had gone in and out of the toilet to vomit six times within half an hour.

"She said she had heart pains, and even her gums were hurting," he said.

He told Shinmin Daily News that he did not feel good about the situation and wanted to take her to see a doctor.

However, his mother Peh Siew Bee said not to bother, and that she'd just rest a while.

Mdm Peh then went to shower at about 6.30am, and told him to cook instant noodles for her to eat.

Ten minutes later, she walked out of the bathroom to dry her hair. Suddenly she collapsed and in the process hit her head on the wardrobe and fan.

She fainted on the spot and was immediately sent to the hospital.

She died shortly after arrival.

Mr Wu, told the Chinese daily at the mortuary that his mother had all along suffered from long-term hypertension and diabetes. She had to visit a doctor once every two to three weeks.

"She frequently worried about her illnesses. In November last year, she suddenly said to me that she may not live pass 2012," he said sadly.

In January this year, she mentioned again that she would be considered "lucky" if she could get pass the Lunar New Year.

'Never thought it'd come true'

'Never thought it'd come true'

Mr Wu said that as he thought his mother's condition was kept under control with medications, Mdm Peh's words were just her fretting.

He never thought they would be a prophesy, he said.

"My birthday is at the end of this month, and I wanted to celebrate with my parents. Now, there will be no chance," he said.

The wake for the deceased was held at the void deck of the block next to their home, and the burial held on Sunday.

He added that the family is so poor, that they have to pay for the funeral in instalments.

As his mother was sick, she did not work, and his father earns about $1,000 a month from his job as a store man at a supermarket.

His job as a part-time mover earns him a miserly $300 a month.

Before her death, his mother's medical expenses every month came up to $600 a month. Now his father's bank savings add up to less than $3,000.

Although the funeral was a small affair, the expenses came up to not a small sum, hence the need for the instalments, he said.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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