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Ex-president’s daughter treats her father in prison

HEALTH WOES:Chen’s daughter treated him for gum disease with basic dental equipment. Her doctor husband had earlier saw to pain in his knees

Staff writer, with CNA

Former president Chen Shui-bian’s daughter, Chen Hsing-yu, left, accompanied by Taipei City Councilor Chiang Chih-ming, arrives at Taipei Prison in Taoyuan County on Wednesday to give Chen Shui-bian dental treatment.

Photo: Yu Jui-jen, Taipei Times

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.

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