Thu, Aug 05, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Doctors confirm Lee Teng-hui still healthy

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday said former president Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) health is good, after he underwent a two-day check-up.

The 81-year-old Lee checked into the hospital with his wife, Tseng Wen-hui (曾文惠), on Tuesday to receive the routine health inspection, which is the first follow-up health evaluation after Lee underwent cardiac surgery last August.

Hospital deputy director Le Yung-yao (雷永耀) yesterday briefed the press, saying "Lee's health is in good condition, better than last year. His heart is also functioning normally. Overall, his health appears satisfactory. At such an age, Lee's health is relatively good."

According to the results of the check-up, Lee's body height and weight measure 179cm and 77.5kg, and his lungs, kidneys and liver are all functioning normally.

Lee's heart, which had a catheterization surgery last year, appeared normal in the latest check-up.

The hospital also conducted a brain check-up, which showed no signs of degeneration or malign tumors.

Meanwhile, the former president yesterday refuted a report run by the Chinese-language Taiwan Daily that he would conduct further check-ups on his heart catheterization in Japan at the end of the year due to his distrust for local doctors.

A press statement released by Lee via the Taiwan Solidarity Union yesterday denied the report in strong terms, saying the former president's medical team is led by the director of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Lee Liang-hsiung (李良雄), and that Lee has always respected the hospital's health advice.

"Everything about former president Lee's medical situation is under the charge of Lee Liang-hsiung, and the former president has always respected the doctor's decisions. It is impossible that Lee doesn't trust local doctors," the press release said.

Lee also denied that he is going to Japan at the end of the year to seek medical treatment.

TSU Legislator Cheng Chen-lung (程振隆), a close aide to Lee, said on Tuesday that although Lee's Japanese friends have invited the former president to visit Japan, so far no plans have been made.

The press release also contested the Taiwan Daily report regarding the cost of the health check-up, saying Lee and his wife hadn't spent the nearly NT$200,000 the newspaper claimed for the first-class health inspection.

The hospital yesterday said the health inspection fees for the couple stood between NT$100,000 and NT$110,000.

Lee has undergone two catheterization heart surgeries, one in 2001 and one last year. The Taipei Veterans General Hospital performed surgery on Lee last August, with the assistance from Dr. Kazuaki Mitsudo, who also performed Lee's first operation.

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