Following varied, conflicting reports on BIGBANG member T.O.P‘s condition attributed to police sources and the rapper’s relatives, doctors who are treating him at the Ewha Womans University Hospital in Mokdong, Seoul, called for a press conference on June 7 to provide an official update.
Police had previously claimed that the 29-year-old K-pop star, whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, was not unconscious and just asleep, while his mother contradicted the claim and stated that he was unconscious when he was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.
According to AllKpop, Kim Han Soo, public relations head of Ewha Womans University Hospital, delivered the following statement clear up any misinformation:
“He came in on June 6 at 12:34 PM KST. He was carried in by 3 people. One person held his upper body, while two others held the lower half of his body.
“Our emergency staff examined him and found the patient was in a state of deep sleep and semiconsciousness.
”His pupils were contracted, and he had decreased corneal reflection, which only showed a reaction to strong stimulus. He was suffering from respiratory failure due to low levels of oxygen and high levels of carbon dioxide. As he was in critical condition, which we gave him necessary emergency medical care for, he was brought into intensive care at 4:50 PM KST.”
The hospital’s medical professionals also verified that an overdose of previously prescribed tranquilizers had caused Choi’s respiratory issues. They further stated that his case requires medical attention from the neurology and mental health departments. He’ll be receiving treatment from mental health professionals after his current condition improves.
Neurology specialist Kim Yong Jae noted that Choi was able to respond to “a strong enough stimulus” by opening his eyes, but was incapable of concentrating. The professor added that his case did not result in breathing issues or brain damage.
Emergency department’s Lee Deok Hee, however, indicated that they are still unable to identify the amount of medication Choi actually took and noted that they also can not approximate his recovery time. Patients who are Choi’s age, however, usually require a week to recover.