Former president Lee Teng-hui slowly recovering in hospital

Wang Yan-chun, secretary-general of the Lee Teng-hui Foundation, reacts during an interview with Chinese-language media on Feb. 23, 2020. (CNA)
Wang Yan-chun, secretary-general of the Lee Teng-hui Foundation, reacts during an interview with Chinese-language media on Feb. 23, 2020. (CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who choked while drinking milk earlier this month, won’t be discharged from Taipei Veterans General Hospital (台北榮總) for now, an official from the former president’s office said on Sunday.

Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍), secretary-general of the Lee Teng-hui Foundation, said that the decision was made with regards to the burden of local hospital staff amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Wang added that the former president is conscious and his condition is “stabilizing.”

Lee, who is 98 years old, is slowly “recovering,” Wang said, adding that he doesn’t know when he could be discharged.

Wang further explained that the former president was diagnosed as having pneumonia.

Due to his age and previous heart disease, however, he cannot be treated with a more aggressive treatment, he continued.

Chinese-language media reported that Lee was taken to hospital on Feb. 8.