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Daewoo Chairman Has Brain Surgery

November 16, 1998

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Kim Woo-joong, chairman of South Korea’s Daewoo group, was in stable condition today after brain surgery, hospital and Daewoo officials said.

The 62-year-old Kim was diagnosed with chronic subdural hematoma, a blood clot in the brain, at Seoul National Hospital on Sunday. A two-hour operation successfully removed the clot, doctors said.

``It was a minor operation, which would not entail any complications,″ doctor Kim Hyon-jip said. ``Mr. Kim can return to normal life in a week.″

Kim’s Daewoo group is South Korea’s fourth largest conglomerate, producing cars, ships and electronic goods. He also heads the Federation of Korean Industries, the lobby group for the nation’s major businesses.

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