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Ex-lawmaker still 'not out of danger' after stroke surgery

2013/12/19 22:48:58

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) Former Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chai Trong-rong is not out of danger as of Thursday despite emergency surgery a day earlier following a stroke, but doctors have not given up active treatment.

Relatives said Thursday night that the 78-year-old still faces a long fight despite a three-hour operation Wednesday for a hemorrhagic stroke.

Chai was still suffering from high pressure inside his skull Thursday night, with an intracranial pressure level of more than 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHG), far more than healthy levels of less than 15 mmHG, sources close to him said.

He has reportedly been transferred to an intensive care ward for further treatment and observation.

National Taiwan University Hospital, where he is being treated, declined to speak on Chai's condition out of respect for his privacy pending authorization from family members.

The hospital has reportedly done everything it can to treat him and has contacted overseas family members to return as soon as possible.

Chai, an exercise enthusiast who regularly jogs every morning, was taken to hospital by an ambulance after a maid found him unconscious at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Known as a hard-line pro-independence activist, he served six terms in the Legislature and is the founder of Formosa Television, Inc.

He is currently a member of the Democratic Progressive Party's Central Executive Committee.

(By Lung Jui-yun and Lilian Wu)