Ex-President Lee Teng-hui admitted to hospital after fall

Former President Lee Teng-hui

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), 95, lost his footing at home and was rushed to hospital Thursday. His condition is currently stable but requires further observation, according to his attending physician.

Lee’s office director Wang Yen-chun (王燕軍) said the former president fell at home and hit his head on the floor around noon Thursday. He was examined at Taipei Veterans General Hospital within half an hour.

Chen Yun-liang (陳雲亮), Lee’s attending physician, said the former president is in a stable condition after the bleeding from his nasal cavity was stopped on the way to the hospital and is expected to be admitted for three days.

Chen added that because of Lee’s age precautionary examinations will be conducted of his brain and lungs, particularly as the former president suffers from high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, for which he takes anticoagulant medication which increase the risk of a hemorrhage.

According to the hospital, Lee suffered from a bout of flu and was admitted to hospital in 2017, but returned to good health and made a four-day visit to Japan in June 2018.