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August 21, 2017

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Don't know much about Chen Shui-bian

It's been 11 days since Chen Shui-bian was transferred to the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (台北榮總), Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤) said after visiting her father yesterday. She claimed that the hospital has repeatedly deflected her questions about the former president's condition, and told reporters that she is prepared to litigate on the first sign of a misdiagnosis.

I am completely in the dark on how he is doing, she said.

So far, Chen Hsing-yu's continued suspicions about Taipei Veterans General Hospital have stood alone, without the backing of her father's usual supporters such as Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊). But Chen Hsing-yu's reading of the patient's situation can be seconded by a woefully large majority of the Taiwan public.

Despite the glut of data coursing through Taiwan's public channels, it is difficult for the average interested citizen to decide what is really going on with the president-turned-prisoner.

For weeks, professionals have given conflicting facts. Privately commissioned physicians — respected doctors who head medical departments in respected hospitals — have diagnosed grim conditions: extreme weight loss, stuttering, post-traumatic stress disorder, worsening clinical depression and about a dozen infarctions, including one measuring 4 mm x 4 mm around his right frontal lobe. Under the care of Taipei Prison, Chen Shui-bian could suffer permanent injury or death, said his medical team. Meanwhile, physicians at the Ministry of Justice's Taoyuan General Hospital confirm some conditions but not others, and remain adamant that Chen is unhealthy but not terminally ill.

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