LDS medical worker dies of SARS

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chen Ching Chiu, 47, a medical worker and member of the Hsin-Tien Ward, Taipei West Stake, died May 1 of the SARS virus. She is the first medical worker in Taiwan to die from the deadly disease.

Sister Chen worked as head nurse at the Taipei Municipal Ho Ping Hospital. Colleagues commended her for her bravery in assisting others, while doctors and nurses were withdrawing assistance to avoid contact with the disease.

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou and a group of city government officials held a minute of silence to pay homage to Sister Chen, who the mayor termed as "the first soldier who sacrificed herself fighting SARS."

Other plans by the government call to honor her with a medal for her bravery and sacrifice.

She and her husband have an 8-year-old daughter.