Health

Tributes for nurse killed by truck

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2007, 12:00am

Patients and colleagues yesterday paid tribute to nurse Michelle Choy Ling-chu, who was killed in a traffic accident on Monday.


The 43-year-old palliative care nurse from Caritas Medical Centre had just finished a home visit to a terminally ill patient in Tsuen Wan and was waiting to cross the street when a truck crashed and toppled on to her on the pavement.


Choy's colleagues left notes and flowers in a room on the ground floor of the hospital's Wai Oi Block. One described her as 'an angel' and said: 'Your love will stay with us.' Another said she would 'always be missed'.


The hospital has been inundated with calls from patients for whom Choy had provided care, said Doris Tse Man-wah, head of Caritas' palliative-care services.


'She was a very caring and very patient nurse. The patients just wanted to express their sadness, and they appreciated what Michelle had done for them,' she said.


Dr Tse said the hospital learned about Choy's accident from police who called after Caritas papers were found in her rucksack. Hours earlier, Choy had called to say she was on her way back to the hospital and would be having lunch with colleagues.


'That was her last call,' said Dr Tse, who met Choy's husband and their two young children on Monday. 'They were all very sad and we were there to say the last goodbye.


'It was a great loss to us. She was one of our most dedicated nurses.'


Choy, an enrolled nurse who graduated from Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital in 1985, had been taking care of cancer patients since starting work at Caritas in 1986. She became a member of the medical centre's 18-member palliative team when it was set up in 1993.


The 28-year-old driver of the truck involved in her death was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death. He was released on bail on Monday and is required to report back to police on July 17.