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At about 10:30am, Shaw -- accompanied by Hu and a group of hospital staff -- met the media in the lobby of China Medical University. Shaw, who was hospitalized for 92 days, appeared in good shape despite limping and speaking somewhat slowly. She wished the public Happy New Year.
Hu looked very happy and satisfied with his wife's recovery.
PHOTO: LIAO YAO-TUNG, TAIPEI TIMES
"I told you she is as beautiful as ever. I was right, wasn't I?" Hu said.
Hu said he had a few days ago begun talking with hospital staff about the possibility of Shaw leaving the hospital temporarily to have a New Year's Eve dinner at home with family members.
Initially, doctors were concerned that Shaw's left arm, which was partially amputated, could become infected. As a result, the hospital assigned two doctors to accompany Shaw during her stay at home. She will return to the hospital after 24 hours to continue her treatment.
"The wound on her amputated arm is expected to be fully healed by the end of March. Hopefully she will be fitted with an artificial limb by June," said Cheng Lung-pin (鄭隆賓), the hospital's vice president.
Cheng added that it might take Shaw between six months and a year to recover from the brain damage that has affected her speech and ability to recognize people.
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