Samsung chief Lee Kun-hee on recovery pace: official

By 신용배
  • Published : May 16, 2014 - 13:31
  • Updated : May 16, 2014 - 13:42
Samsung Electronics Co. Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who has been under treatments after a heart attack since Saturday night, is gradually recovering, his doctors said Friday, curbing the public's woes over the fate of the 72-years-old business tycoon, Yonhap reported.

"Chairman Lee's condition is getting better," Yoon Soon-bong, the president of Samsung Medical Center (SMC), was quoted as saying.

When asked about rumors surrounding Lee's health, including suspicions he is in a critical condition, Yoon said "if the situations had become worse, I would not be here (to meet reporters)." The official also added Lee is still under sedation.

Earlier this week, doctors said it may be a while before Lee regains consciousness because of the sedatives used following a hypothermia treatment, which prevents generation of toxic material in blood vessels by slowing the cell metabolism. Lee recovered his normal temperature Tuesday.

The SMC said such an approach was necessary given Lee's age and his medical history, which includes lung surgery in the late 1990s and respiratory complications since then. (