Fri, Dec 03, 2010 - Page 3 News List

Hospital won’t release details of Sean Lien’s treatment

Staff writer, with CNA

National Taiwan University Hospital said it cannot release the medical records of Sean Lien (連勝文), a prominent Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) figure who was shot in the face during an election-eve campaign rally in Taipei County.

Lien’s medical records were turned over to Taipei County investigators after he underwent surgery on Saturday, the hospital said in a statement on Wednesday. It said it could not make public the records of a patient in cases that are under judicial investigation.

Neither Lien nor his family has given authorization for the release of information regarding his medical treatment, including his X-rays, the hospital said.

Lien, who is a member of the KMT Central Committee and a son of former vice president Lien Chan (連戰), was campaigning for a KMT Sinbei City council candidate on Friday night when a gunman shot him with a handgun at close range.

Police reports said a single bullet entered his left cheek and exited near his right temple.

He was recovering well after surgery and can now eat soft foods, his doctors have said.

His speedy recovery and what has been described as his extremely good luck in escaping any serious damage have given rise to speculations that the shooting was staged.

Some people in the opposition have called on the hospital to publish all the details of Lien’s treatment since he was admitted.

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