Mon, May 19, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Ill doctor's wife wants to leave his body to science

DEATHS Another nurse died yesterday after being sick with SARS, raising the grand total for deaths among members of the medical profession to six

STAFF WRITER

A third nurse died of SARS yesterday, becoming the sixth victim of the disease among Taiwan's medical professionals, and a SARS-infected doctor's wife wishes to donate her husband's body to the hospital to help find a cure for the disease if he dies.

"If the `unpredictable' really happens, please take my husband's body for research to find a cure, which could help save the world's SARS patients," Wang Yi-hsih's (王逸熙) wife was quoted as saying by Chinese-language newspapers.

Wang, a physician at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's thoracic medicine department, became infected while intubating a SARS patient.

Fifteen members of staff at the hospital have been listed as probable cases, including the 28-year-old doctor Lin Yung-hsiang (林永祥), who died of the flu-like disease last week.

According to the Chinese-language media, Wang is still in danger, but not in critical condition.

Meanwhile, a senior nurse yesterday died of SARS, which means Taiwan has lost a total of six medical professionals in its battle against the outbreak.

Cheng Hsueh-hui (鄭雪慧), 49, the deputy director of Hoping Hospital's nursing department, had been in critical condition since May 11 and died yesterday after multiple-organ failure. She is the highest-ranking nurse to succumb to the killer disease.

Four nurses and two doctors have died of the potentially fatal disease, including three nurses from Hoping Hospital and one from Jen Chi Hospital.

The two doctors are Lin Chung-wei (林重威), 28, of Hoping Hospital and Lin Yung-hsiang (林永祥), also 28, of Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

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