Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) daughter, a dentist, visited her father in prison on Wednesday to treat him for gum disease.
After examining her father’s mouth, Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤) said he needed new dentures and further treatment for gum disease.
Chen Hsing-yu’s husband, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), an orthopedist, also recently visited his father-in-law, who has been complaining of knee pain.
Following his son-in-law’s visit, the former president requested permission to “hire medical professionals at his own expense” to treat his gum disease and other dental problems.
His request was granted and Chen Hsing-yu, along with two assistants, went to the prison with basic dental equipment to treat her father.
Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 17-and-a-half-year prison sentence for corruption, is said to have other health problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux disorder.
Taipei City Councilor Chiang Chih-ming (江志銘) said the former president had applied to visit Taoyuan Hospital to receive treatment for stomach problems.
The ex-president has not requested consultation for a diagnosis of an alleged mental illness, Chiang said.
After the Greater Taichung Council on June 22 passed a motion calling for the release of Chen Shui-bian for medical treatment as soon as possible, the Greater Tainan Council on Wednesday also passed a motion in support of medical parole for the former head of state.