Hu underwent heart surgery, in much better shape: hospital
CNATAIPEI--Taichung Mayor Jason Hu underwent coronary artery bypass surgery, a hospital in Taipei confirmed Monday, saying that the mayor's heart was now much healthier than before the operation.
February 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Cheng Hsin General Hospital said in a statement that the operation was performed on Feb. 5 and that the patient was discharged on the sixth day after the surgery, setting a record in the process.
Normally it would take two weeks before a bypass patient was well enough to be discharged, the hospital said.
In all, six grafts were made to bypass clogs in Hu's arteries, it said.
The hospital attributed Hu's speedy recovery to his otherwise healthy condition, but it warned that he still must get plenty of rest in the near term.
Earlier in the day, Hu told reporters that he felt “OK” but refused to confirm press reports about the operation.
Responding to reporters' questions, the mayor said there was no need for an announcement or explanation as his health condition would not affect future plans or elections, but some of his scheduled stops Monday were still canceled at short notice.
Commenting on the cancellations, Hu said he “could not carry on like before” and would have to rest every one or two weeks.
Hu appeared to be in good spirits on the first day of work after a nine-day Lunar New Year respite. It was his second public appearance in as many days as speculation about his health mounted.
The mayor, who will be 65 in May, suffered a minor stroke 11 years ago, which left him walking with a limp.
He has been mayor of Taiwan's third largest city since December 2001, most recently winning re-election to a third term in November 2010.
Prior to that, he had served as Taiwan's official representative to the United States, foreign minister and director of the now defunct Government Information Office.