Former premier Sun Yun-suan's (孫運璿) condition has stabilized, although he remains listed in critical condition, Chen Yu-liang (陳雲亮), a physician in the cardiology department at the Veterans' General Hospital in Taipei, said yesterday.
Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) visited the hospital where Sun is staying yesterday morning, but she did not enter his ward for fear of disturbing him.
Lu only talked with Sun's family to inquire about his condition.
During their talk, the vice president recalled that she was jailed during the period when Sun was serving as premier and that Sun was instrumental in improving the treatment she received while serving her sentence.
Sun's morality and upright character won him the respect of much of the public during his tenures as a minister and premier, Lu said.
The 93-year-old senior advisor to the president was rushed to the hospital on Monday due to acute myocardial infraction with heart and lung complications.
Chen indicated that ultrasonic tests showed the systole of Sun's heart is increasingly stronger, while the quantity of his urine has also been increasing.
However, Sun is still suffering from serious pulmonary edema and renal failure, he added.
Sun, who is attached to a respirator and on tranquilizer medication, is now conscious and able to communicate by blinking his eyes, the doctor said, adding that his blood pressure, heartbeat and blood oxygen levels are all in the normal range.
A special team commissioned to treat the former premier is trying to get rid of water in Sun's lungs through hemodialysis, while making efforts to improve the aging patient's immune system and lower the risk of infection.