Thursday, July 16, 2009
Former president Kim Daejung in ICU
The Korea Times is reporting that former president and Nobel laureate Kim Daejung has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Severance Hospital (though it doesn't say which branch), after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
They are saying it's not that serious, mostly to prevent things from getting worse, but if something goes awry so soon after Roh Moohyun's purported suicide, expect a conspiracy theorist public (at least, a segment of the public) to be all over the Lee Myungbak administration.
The KT is now reporting that Mr Kim is on life support, though they still say his illness "is not life-threatening." This is beginning to remind me of ailing Soviet leaders when I was a kid: A "cold" meant they were gravely ill, and "stable condition" meant they had died.