Taiwanese Foundation to Honor Samaritan Lee Young-ae

  • By Kwon Sueng-jun

    October 31, 2014 12:50

    Actress Lee Young-ae will be given an award by Taiwan's Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation for helping a Taiwanese tourist who gave birth prematurely on holiday to Seoul in February.

    According to Lee's agency on Thursday, she will attend an award ceremony in May next year.

    The foundation was established in 1997 by the parents of a boy who died of cancer at the age of 10. It selects the recipients among recommended candidates from around the world.

    The Taiwanese woman was seven months pregnant at the time and ended up giving birth prematurely. The baby weighed just 1 kg and had to have surgery. Since the woman was not eligible for state medical coverage here, the hospital fee amounted to a staggering W80 million.

    When she learned about the woman's ordeal, Lee not only visited the mother in hospital but picked up the tab.

    Lee was also given a plaque of appreciation by the Taiwanese government.

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