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President Ma’s mother dies of organ failure, aged 93

Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) mother passed away in Taipei yesterday evening after multiple organ failure.

The death of Chin Hou-hsiu (秦厚修), 93, who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease more than two years ago, was announced by Taipei Municipal Wan Fang Hospital, which earlier in the day issued a statement about Chin being admitted on April 2.

According to the hospital, Chin was conscious when the president paid her a visit late yesterday afternoon. Shortly after Ma departed, Chin passed away at 6:16pm, it said.

The Ma family will not send out obituary notices or hold a public memorial ceremony, and will decline any visits or gifts, it added.

Earlier yesterday in the statement issued by the hospital, it said that Chin had been in the intensive care unit following being admitted to the hospital on April 2 for a number of health complications.

The statement said Chin was admitted to the hospital after she came down with acute viral infections caused by a chronic lung disease.

A physical found she had an excessive number of white blood cells and had developed gastric bleeding on April 7. After treatment the infections improved, but Chin’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease failed to improve, leaving her at risk of cardiopulmonary failure, the statement said.

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