A tragedy that could’ve been prevented, from the Front Page Sections, translated…
A man who’s blind in one eye, a doctoral candidate, Lee, for three years on end had been taking care of his mother with liver cancer, and he couldn’t withstand to hear his mother cried out in pain in the evenings, yesterday, after he’d strangled and killed his own mother, he’d taken pills to commit suicide, and, as he was being taken to the hospital, he’d smiled and told the paramedics, “If I died, I want to be her son in the next life.”
The police department of Tainan City got a call at about seven in the morn from Lee, “My mother died at home,”, the patrol officers thought it was just a death caused by illness, rushed to the house, and saw that Lee’s mother, lying on the bed, with a woman’s suspenders around her neck, without a pulse or breath.
Lee sat by the chair next to the bed, dumbfounded, and said, “I’d strangled my mother”, and said that he’d taken over ten pills for his condition and sleeping pills to attempt suicide. The police rushed him to the hospitals, in the process of getting him treatment, Lee looked calm, and smiled and told the officers, “This, was what my mother would’ve wanted, she wouldn’t blame me”.
“My mother’s moaning from her illness cut into my heart like a sharpened knife,” Lee claimed, the eighty-four year-old mother was a terminal cancer patient, and because morphine along with other painkillers had stopped working, she would wake in the middle of the nights from her pains, and told her son to kill her.
“Only death can take away the ailments”, Lee said, he couldn’t withstand to see his mother suffer so, and, two months ago, he’d started planning, “Just let her get relieved then.”
He said, that two nights ago, his mother called out in pain all night long, and, yesterday morning at three, she was rolling on her bed from the pains, “My mother begged me to free her, that only through death, will she be free from her illness”. He’d taken the advantage of the time when the hired nurse’s aide was asleep, to kill his mother, and, wanted to take pills so he could die alongside his mother.
The Filipino hired help said, that she woke at seven in the morn, found grandma dead, she asked her “boss” why he’d done what he did, the boss said, “it’s what’s best for grandma”.
Lee’s older brother rushed to Tainan from Taipei after he learned, blamed himself as he cried, said that his younger brother had stayed single, after he’d gotten a master’s from Transportation University, he’d taught at Mingchuan University, then, went to the U.S. to earn his doctorate, but because he had eye troubles, he’d returned to Taiwan six years ago, helped with the care of their mother, “my younger brother had it hard, taking care of my mom”, he didn’t blame his brother for his mother’s death.
The police investigated and found, that three years ago, Lee’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, Lee was her primary caretaker, and because he felt the pressures growing, he couldn’t handle it alone, so he’d hired a foreign caretaker. But the caretaker only came to them nine days ago, Lee had yet to be alleviated of his caretaking duties, and, he’d killed his mother. After the D.A. asked the details of what happened, they’d booked him.
And so, this, is still the STRAINS on the primary caretaker, it’s the emotional burdens that this man couldn’t handle in the end, because his mother would cry out in pain, and, it got to him, and, he just couldn’t stand to see his own mother suffer any longer, so, he’d killed her, and this, is still, a tragedy, and, had this man had supports from the outside, it may still not have turned out differently…