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Chen calls doctor ‘quack,’ asks to be sent to hospital

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) appeared yesterday at Taipei District Court for his corruption trial in a wheelchair and with his foot in a cast.

Chen, whose right foot has been affected by tendinitis caused by abnormal bone growth, told Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun (蔡守訓) that he had been misdiagnosed by the physicians at the Taipei Detention Center.

Chen said he had felt discomfort in his right foot since last Friday, the day of his detention hearing, but because he did not want to delay the hearing, he appeared in court without speaking about his condition.

After he returned to the detention center, he was told by the center’s physician that it was a bone fracture. It was not until Monday afternoon that the doctor changed his diagnosis to tendinitis.

Chen said the physician, whom he called a “quack,” was so unskilled that he needed three attempts to make the cast on his foot, and the result was “uglier than my grandson’s art project.”

Chen asked that the court have him sent to a hospital.

In response, Tsai told Chen that the court would keep an eye on his physical condition and would ask the detention center to do so as well.

Chen has been held in detention since Dec. 30 on corruption charges. On Monday, the district court extended Chen’s detention by two months until the end of September.

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