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Supermodel now safely back; condition is stable

MODEL PATIENT The fetching Lin Chih-ling returned to Taiwan last night for further medical treatment after two weeks of hospital care in China for a chest injury

STAFF WRITER , WITH AGENCIES

After tumbling off a horse in China and being hospitalized in the northeastern city of Dalian for more than two excruciating weeks, Taiwanese top model Lin Chih-ling (林志玲) arrived in Taipei last night from China after a brief stop in Hong Kong.

She was flown out of China yesterday for further medical treatment here at home.

"Her condition is stable," Lin's mother, Wu Tse-mei (吳慈美), told reporters.

Lin was transported to National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei upon her arrival last night.

The thirty-year-old Lin, who Taiwanese media have dubbed the nation's number one model, was injured on July 8 after she was tossed violently from her steed while shooting a commercial in Dalian for the international cosmetics brand Olay. Lin was rushed to a hospital in Dalian, where an examination found that she had suffered a serious chest injury.

While stuck in China receiving medical treatment, Lin has been a constant source of speculation for the nation's media, who have closely tracked a procession of relatives and possible romantic interests that have flown to China to visit her bedside.

Lin left Dalian yesterday on board a special medical evacuation plane bound for Hong Kong. She then transferred to a Taipei-bound China Airlines flight, local television reported.

Due to the ban on direct flights to and from China, Lin, like all cross-strait passengers, was required to make a brief stop first in Hong Kong or Macau.

Her doctor in China reportedly said that Lin suffered from six fractured ribs, but that they would heal naturally.

Besides her busy modeling schedule, Lin is also active in the television industry, hosting fashion and travel programs. She was the co-host of the Golden Horse Awards ceremony last December.

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