President Ma’s mother dies in hospital
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-02 08:15 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou’s mother, Chin Hou-hsiu, died of multiple organ failure at Taipei’s Municipal Wan Fang Hospital Friday at the age of 91.

The president arrived at the hospital at 5:59 p.m. to see her for the last time, reports said. Doctors put her official time of death at 6:16 p.m.

Chin entered hospital on April 2 with an acute viral infection caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Earlier Friday, the hospital issued a statement saying that she was recovering from the infection, but that it was difficult to help her recover from the lung disease, leaving complete heart and lung failure possible at any moment.

Ma reportedly canceled all further public engagements for the next three days. The family would not set up a special commemorative tent as is often the practice in Taiwan, reports said.

Chin also leaves behind four daughters. Her husband, Ma Ho-ling, died in 2005 at the age of 84. She was born on October 1, 1922 in Hunan Province. She studied statistics in Sichuan, where she met Ma. They married in 1944 and they moved to Taiwan in 1948. However, because her husband returned to Hong Kong to wait for his mother to flee out of China, she also left Taiwan and gave birth to the later president in a Hong Kong hospital in 1950.

Back in Taiwan, Chin worked as a statistician for the Ministry of National Defense and later for the Shihmen Reservoir.

The president had dinner with her every Thursday, and they would go shopping for food together ahead of the Lunar New Year. Chin was not interested in politics and tried to keep away from the spotlight, but she showed concern for her son, according to media reports.

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