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First lady's condition improving, NTUH states

Hospital keeping Wu under observation over remaining symptoms

First lady's condition improving, NTUH states

First lady Wu Shu-chen's condition is improving after being attended by doctors, but she will remain under close observation, a spokesman for National Taiwan University Hospital said yesterday.
President Chen Shui-bian's wife was admitted to the NTUH at 6:30 p.m. Saturday suffering from pneumonia caused by a cold.
"Her (Wu's) body temperature had reached an alarming 39.2 degrees Celsius when she came in last evening, but now her temperature has dropped to around 38 degrees Celsius," NTU Hospital spokesperson Tan Ching-ting said yesterday.
However, Tan added that Wu's blood examination revealed her white blood cell count was still above the standard level, and her blood pressure was too high. Wu is also suffering from electrolyte imbalance as a result of high levels of potassium in her blood, Tan added.
Wong Chao-wen, a member of Wu's medical team and the chief of NTU Hospital's Department of Internal Medicine, said that Wu's fever has been brought under control and the physicians attending her believe that their diagnosis and treatment directions are on the right track. However, the doctor said that presently, it is still difficult to predict when Wu could be discharged from the hospital, adding that in addition to diagnosis and treatment, other factors, including the patient's condition and body's constitution, could contribute to alter the time of discharge.
Wong also said that many of Wu's family had visited her after she checked in to the hospital last evening. The doctor declined to name Wu's vistors, citing patient privacy.
Local media reported that President Chen Shui-bian had visited his wife late night Saturday after he finished a stumping for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party for the upcoming legislative elections.
Wu's daughter, Chen Hsing-yu, had also visited her in the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Chen, who also exhibited symptoms of a cold, expressed gratitude to the public for asking after his wife's health, and urging Taiwanese to take better care of their health.
The first lady's health condition has significantly deteriorated for the past year, and has rarely made a public appearance since the corruption charges against her last year.


Updated : 2021-04-23 11:22 GMT+08:00