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Ex-president's dentist daughter treats him in prison

2012/08/01 22:59:41

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)
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