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Pregnant woman dies after working 12-hour-long shifts

STAFF WRITER

A pregnant woman who was one day away from maternity leave died suddenly yesterday, possibly because of work-related exhaustion, local news reported.

The woman, surnamed Wang, worked at a computer parts factory in the Hsinchu Science Park. Despite being nine months pregnant, the company still asked her to work long shifts to meet customer demand.

It was reported that she worked a 12-hour shift three days per week.

The woman died after falling into a coma, the report said.

The woman’s aging father said his daughter had always been “very understanding and thoughtful,” adding that the entire extended family had a difficult time accepting her sudden death because she was the only girl among the cousins.

“I really pampered my daughter. She was the only daughter among all my siblings,” the father said.

Wang’s husband said his wife had experienced heart palpitations prior to her pregnancy but did not display any other signs of health problems. The woman’s coworkers said many people, although delighted with the recent increase in orders, feared forced unpaid leave would be reinstated after this wave of orders.

“She just wanted to earn some money to prepare for the baby. It’s hard to imagine that two lives were taken just like that,” one of her coworkers was quoted as saying.

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