Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Former President Chen Shui-bian's daughter, who is a dentist, visited her father in a prison Wednesday and treated him for gum disease.
After examining her father's mouth, Chen Hsing-yu said he needs new dentures and further treatment for his gum disease.
Chen Hsing-yu's husband Chao Chien-ming, an orthopedist, also recently visited his father-in-law, who has been complaining of knee pains.
Following his son-in-law's visit, the former president requested permission to "hire medical professionals at own expense" to treat his gum disease and other dental problems.
His request was granted and Chen Hsing-yu, along with two assistants, went to the prison with a set of basic dental equipment to treat her father.
Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 17.5-year prison term for corruption, is said to have other health problems such as gastroesophageal reflux disorder.
Taipei City councilor Chiang Chih-ming said the former president has applied to visit Taoyuan Hospital to receive treatment for the stomach problem.
The ex-president has not requested a consultation for diagnosis of alleged mental illness, Chiang said.
Also on Wednesday, the Tainan City Council passed a motion in support of medical parole for the former head of state.
(By Bien Chin-feng, Chang Jung-hsiang and S.C. Chang)