1000801英文作業-Mayor of Kaohsiung in hospital after fall in hotel
Mayor of Kaohsiung in hospital after fall in hotel
BACK INJURYChen Chu slipped in her hotel bathroom in Jiaosi and fractured her lumbar vertebrae. She is expected to be released from hospital within two weeks
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) was flown to Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital yesterday after sustaining injuries to her lower back in a fall early in the morning.
Greater Kaohsiung Information Bureau Director-General Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said Chen had led a delegation to the International Folklore and Folk Game Festival at Dongshan River Park in Yilan County on Saturday.
Chen spent the night at the Evergreen Resort Hotel in Jiaosi (礁溪) and was expected to return to Greater Kaohsiung yesterday morning, but she slipped in the bathroom and injured her lumbar region.
While Chen is hospitalized, Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of the city, and administration will not be affected, Lai said.
Asked who would take responsibility for the fall, given the hotel’s reputation as a five-star establishment, Lai said the hotel would provide an explanation, adding that Chen would cover all medical expenses.
Ho Chi-kung (何啟功), director-general of the Greater Kaohsiung Department of Health, said he received a call from Chen at 6:17am saying she had slipped and fallen in the hotel bathroom and was unable to move.
Ho then immediately contacted the Yilan County Bureau of Health to assist with Chen’s -hospitalization, he said.
Chen was admitted to the emergency room at National Yang-Ming University Hospital, where nuclear magnetic resonance and CAT scans confirmed she had fractured her first lumbar vertebrae, Ho said.
The injury did not harm Chen’s spinal cord nerves, Ho said, adding that after the Yang-Ming hospital was sure Chen could safely be transferred to another hospital, she was flown to Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) and then flown to Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital.