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Hospital confirms Chen did suffer from mild stroke

Hospital confirms Chen did suffer from mild stroke

Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital confirmed yesterday that Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) has suffered a mild stroke that has left her right leg paralyzed.
KMUH Vice President Lai Wen-teh confirmed the news at a press conference at the hospital accompanied by Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) and City Director of Information Hsiao Yu-cheng (蕭宇誠).
"Chen will require three months' of rehabilitation. She cannot participate in political campaign rallies during the rehabilitation period," Lai was quoted as saying by the United Evening News.
Lai said Chen's blood pressure was still high and unstable since suffering the mild stroke last week. The systolic reading on Chen's blood pressure escalated to above 200 mmHg, Lai said.
The Kaohsiung mayor was admitted to the hospital last Thursday. On Friday, she still needed assistance getting out of bed because of dizziness and motion dysfunction in her right leg, said Lai, who noted that the hospital's main task at the moment was to control her blood pressure.
Chen appeared on news reports yesterday morning for the first time since being sent to the hospital for hypertension. She was quoted by local Chinese newspaper United Daily as saying she had discovered the importance of maintaining good health after falling sick.
She admitted she is the type of person who wants things to be done as quickly as possible and that she has become restless.
"Now I know I have to stay healthy so that I can carry out policies to improve the city and to serve the public," she said, adding that she knew she has the responsibility to explain her health condition to Kaohsiung City residents and city councilors.
The mayor also expressed gratitude to those who cared about her.
Chen has a history of high blood pressure.
Chiu said he will act for Chen while she is absent from work and will attend ongoing question-and-answer sessions in the city council on her behalf.


Updated : 2021-07-24 17:09 GMT+08:00