May 09, 2016

    Samsung head reportedly stable after 2 years in hospital


    AFTER nearly two years since he was first hospitalised, Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun Hee's health is said to be stable.

    Even though the company does not reply to media inquiries about his health, industry watchers assume that he is in stable condition but shows no sign of improving.

    "The chairman's health is his private issue. We do not comment on it," said a Samsung spokesman.

    The company patriarch collapsed at home on May 10, 2014, after suffering a severe heart attack.

    He underwent an emergency surgery and has been receiving treatment at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul since.

    The company last gave a briefing on his condition in November 2014. At the time, it said his physical functions, including his heart, had stabilised.

    As his health condition seemed to be improving, there was speculation that he would be moved to his residence but he has remained hospitalised over the past two years.

    In June last year, local media took photos of him lying in a hospital bed and breathing by himself without the help of a ventilator.

    Choi Gee Sung, his close aide and vice-chairman of strategic planning, was also spotted visiting him.

    Since his hospitalisation, his only son, Samsung's vice-chairman Lee Jae Yong, has served as leader of the nation's largest conglomerate.