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Nora Sun in stable condition following intestinal surgery

Staff writer, with CNA

Nora Sun (孫穗芬), a granddaughter of Republic of China (ROC) founding father Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), is in stable condition after undergoing surgery following a recent car accident, a surgeon at Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital in Taipei said yesterday.

Following emergency surgery to treat lacerations to her liver and massive internal bleeding, a team of surgeons performed further surgery to remove parts of her large and small intestines that doctors feared had been damaged in the car crash that occurred in Taipei on New Year’s Day, according to Chen Ching-lin (陳慶霖), the hospital’s chief of surgery.

The surgeons also cleared large blood clots from Sun’s chest, Chen said.

RESPONSE

Chen said Nora Sun, 72, was in stable condition after the surgery and was able to respond to doctors’ instructions, such as blinking her eyes, shaking hands and turning her head.

Addressing rumors that Nora Sun’s family is planning on transferring her to her home city of Shanghai or Hong Kong for further treatment, Chen said she is still in no condition to be moved or transferred.

MORE SURGERY?

Chen said Nora Sun will be kept under observation for another 48 hours and he did not rule out the possibility that she would require further intestinal surgery.

Nora Sun was visiting Taiwan to attend the Taipei International Flora Expo.

She was in the back seat of a sedan being driven by a friend to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to catch a flight to Hong Kong when the car was hit by another vehicle on Taipei City’s Jianguo Overpass traveling in the opposite direction. Police said the other car was likely speeding.

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