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Ex-president's office dismisses rumors of failing health

2015/12/04 23:05:46

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Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui's (李登輝) rehabilitation is proceeding smoothly, and he has no problem walking, sitting and eating, a spokesman for his office said Friday, dismissing rumors that Lee's health had taken a turn for the worse.

The 92-year-old former president suffered a minor stroke Sunday morning and was taken to Taipei Veterans General Hospital after he complained about numbness in the fingers of his right hand.

Rumors began circulating online on Friday evening that Lee was in critical condition, and there was speculation at one point that he had died.

Spokesman Wang Yen-chun (王燕軍) urged the public not to spread or believe the rumors, saying that Lee had made progress since his second day in the hospital and that only two of his fingers were still not very mobile.

He said doctors want Lee to stay in the hospital for three or four more days because of the recent cold weather and the fear that he would be vulnerable to other illnesses.

Wang expressed gratitude for the public's concern, but said Lee prefers not to have any visitors at the hospital at this time.

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

(By Yeh Su-ping and Christie Chen)