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FEATURE: John Kuan keeps daughter alive through grandchild

LIVING MEMORY:The Examination Yuan head said he has not gotten over the loss of his child, but has found solace in writing letters to her and raising her daughter

By Yang Chiu-ying and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

He said he sometimes cries when holding Amber in his arms, because it brings back memories of hugging his daughter.

Amber’s innocence has also helped heal his emotional wounds, he said, recalling memorable moments with her such as when she patted his back upon seeing him cry, telling him to eat more vegetables and asking him if he was old.

Kuan said the more than 1,600 pictures of Amber he has on his cellphone are the best remedy for fatigue, especially when he is on a business trip.

“In addition, hearing my granddaughter saying: ‘I love you, I miss you, please come home soon’ on the phone is a very effective way of getting rid of my tiredness,” he said.

Chang said Amber also motivates her husband to stay healthy because he decided to cut down on alcohol, exercise more and cry less so he can live long enough to see his granddaughter graduate from college.

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