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Ex-President Lee Teng-hui suffers minor stroke

2015/11/29 17:39:17

Former President Lee Teng-hui (center) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je attend an event in Taipei Oct. 29.

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), 92, suffered a minor stroke Sunday morning and was hospitalized but is now in stable condition, a spokesman for his office said.

Lee was taken to Taipei Veterans General Hospital after he complained about numbness in the fingers of his right hand, the spokesman Wang Yen-chun (王燕軍) said.

Doctors at the hospital found a small blood clot on the left side of Lee's brain and he is now under careful observation, Wang said.

Lee's right hand is still numb and he can barely hold a pair of chopsticks but he can think, walk, and eat properly and is in stable condition, the spokesman said.

The doctors have advised that Lee remain in hospital under observation for a week, Wang said.

Wang expressed thanks for the concern shown in many quarters but said Lee would prefer not to have any visitors at the hospital at this time.

Lee served as Taiwan's president from 1988 to 2000.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu)