Samsung chief Lee hospitalised after heart attack
Samsung chief Lee hospitalised after heart attack

Samsung chief Lee hospitalised after heart attack

Samsung chairman Lee Kun Hee has been reported to be in stable condition after suffering a heart attack in the early hours of this morning, according to reports.

The 72-year old was rushed to hospital this morning where he underwent surgery for an acute myocardial infarction.

He was resuscitated and stabilised at Soonchunhyang University Hospital, according to a statement released by Samsung Group spokeswoman Rhee So Eui.

Lee was admitted to Samsung Medical Center for 10 days in August last year with pneumonia symptoms. In the late 1990s, he was treated for lung cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and since then has been receiving medical checkups on a regular basis. Following the recommendation of doctors, Lee has spent the past several winters in warm climates. He returned to Korea on April 17 after being overseas for about three months.

Samsung Medical Center was positive about his recovery, saying ECMO would be terminated soon.

“Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital did quite well in the early emergency treatment, and the surgery performed at Samsung Medical Center was also successful,” said the hospital, adding that Lee is unlikely to have suffered any brain damage.

It did not say how long the chairman would be hospitalized.

Lee’s son and heir-apparent, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, cut short a business trip to the United States after hearing the news of his father and visited him at Samsung Medical Center yesterday, according to the group.

It is unclear whether Lee’s heart attack will accelerate the ongoing reshuffle at the country’s largest business group. Several mergers and sales between affiliates were observed as the group ushered in another 20-year cycle of the much-touted 1993 New Management initiative with the new catchphrase, Mach Management.


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