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Lee undergoes heart surgery


Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) underwent a minor heart operation that lasted three hours at Taiwan University Hospital yesterday morning, local media reported yesterday.

According to an unidentified source, Lee 's "cardiac catheter" operation proceeded smoothly and ended successfully at about 10:30am yesterday, reports said.

Lien Wen-ping (連文彬), director of the operation team, said the surgery would not cause any side effects to Lee's health. Lien added that Lee expected to play golf in the next few days, but hospital authorities had advised him to rest.

After a tiring diplomatic tour to Czechoslovakia, Lee went to the Taiwan University Hospital for a physical examination on Oct. 29. An electrocardiogram revealed coronary thrombosis and Lee himself also reportedly has experienced discomfort while exercising recently.

A follow-up physical exam early yesterday morning prompted the decision to move immediately to surgery.

After the operation, Lee was sent to a recovery ward, reports said. Su Chih-cheng (蘇志誠), vice-president of the Taiwan Research Institute (台綜院), which is headed by Lee, remained with the former president at the ward for the remainder of the morning.

Later, Lai Kuo-chou (賴國洲), president of TTV (台視), visited the hospital at noon to see former President Lee, his father-in-law.

Other political figures who dropped by yesterday afternoon to wish the former president a swift recovery included Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), minister of transportation and communications; Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂), minister of foreign affairs; and a representative from the Presidential Office surnamed Wei ().

The three, however, were politely denied entrance to Lee's ward.

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