TAIPEI: Wheelchair-bound leading Taiwanese writer Liu Hsia died at the age of 61 yesterday, a day after she was hospitalised for injuries allegedly caused by an Indonesian domestic helper, police and hospital officials said.
Police said the the maid, 33, had been diagnosed as suffering from a mental disorder and was being held on charges of aggravated assault.
Chang Deh-ming, deputy superintendent of the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei, said Friday's injuries contributed to the death of Liu, who had suffered from chronic rheumatoid arthritis for almost 50 years.
On the one hand, there was damage to her organs from the long-time illness. On the other hand, this incident had dealt her a very severe blow both physically and mentally, which possibly caused too heavy a burden on her heart, Chang told reporters. AFP
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