Tue, Mar 12, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Ex-president Lee hospitalized with pneumonia and shoulder tendinitus

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was hospitalized in Taipei yesterday for minor pneumonia and tendinitus of the shoulder, according to a press release from Veterans General Hospital.

The statement said that Lee had been ill since last week with a cough, a fever and sore shoulders.

The hospital's conclusions were drawn in part from magnetic resonance images.

According to Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙), who visited the 80-year old Lee at the hospital, the former president is slightly ill with a low-grade fever, a cough and sore shoulders as a result of frequent golfing trips.

Liao said Lee should be fine after some rest.

Reports said that Lee had a coarse voice while addressing the opening ceremony at a technology company in Taoyuan last week and that symptoms got worse after a hectic schedule over the weekend.

Lee underwent an operation to open up his coronary arteries in the fall of 2000.

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