Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui conscious after fall at home

Lee, 95, hit his head during the fall

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Ex-President Lee Teng-hui at a public appearance in Taiwan last December.

Ex-President Lee Teng-hui at a public appearance in Taiwan last December. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) fell at home Thursday, but the 95-year-old retired leader was conscious after his transfer to a hospital, according to doctors.

Lee ruled Taiwan from 1988 to 2000, overseeing a democratization process which saw the introduction of direct presidential elections in 1996, the first of which he won with an absolute majority.

Lee fell at his home at around 11:30 a.m., hit his head and lost some blood, but a nurse was present who bandaged him, the Liberty Times reported. He remained conscious all the time and was transferred to the Veterans General Hospital in Taipei City, where he arrived at noon for a further checkup, according to the Central News Agency.

Later reports said he would have to stay in hospital at least three days for further observation.

Over the past few years, Lee has been known for his robust health, allowing him to make public appearances in Taiwan and even travel to Japan.