Ex-president doing well after hemorrhoid surgery
CNATAIPEI--Former President Chen Shui-bian was in good condition Thursday after undergoing hemorrhoid surgery, the superintendent of Taipei Veterans General Hospital told the Legislature later in the day.
March 15, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Lin Fang-yue also said in response to a question on whether Chen is afflicted with spinocerebellar ataxia, a progressive degenerative genetic disease with multiple types, that he and other experts at the hospital have not seen evidence of such a condition in Chen's imaging studies.
However, the jailed former president suffers from serious depression and chronic neurological disease, with symptoms of stammering and trembling hands, which require long-term care, he said.
The facilities at Taipei Veterans General Hospital are sufficient to provide adequate care for him, he added.
The hospital will release a complete medical report on Chen in a week or two, Lin said, adding a guarantee that it will be independent and free from political pressure or influence.