Mrs Lee had been admitted into hospital since last Monday due to a bleeding in her right brain. She has since been transferred to a general ward but is still in serious condition. I guess this is the time to put aside all political agenda and crosses and really wish her a speed recovery.

MRS LEE KUAN YEW, who suffered a stroke last Monday, underwent surgery on Saturday and is under close observation, a statement from Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s office said last night.

A brief statement providing an update on Mrs Lee’s condition said that since her transfer to the general ward last Wednesday, she remains in a serious condition.

‘Although her vital parameters have been stable, she lapses into long periods of unconsciousness,’ it added, before disclosing that she underwent surgery on Saturday. No other details were available.

Mrs Lee, 87, had experienced sudden weakness in the left side of her body and slurring of speech last Monday.

She was taken to the National Neuroscience Institute for an urgent brain scan, which revealed bleeding in the right side of the brain, and was subsequently admitted to the Neurointensive Care Unit at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The haemorrhage stabilised after two days of close monitoring and treatment, and she was transferred to the general ward on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke publicly about the incident for the first time.

He thanked Singaporeans for their outpouring of support and concern since his mother’s condition was made known.

He said their good wishes and support had helped the family through ‘a difficult period’.

‘I’d like to thank all the residents who asked after my mother, as well as the Singaporeans who have sent us e-mails, cards, flowers, fruits and wished us well,’ he said.

PM Lee said this at a community event in Nee Soon South after MP Lee Bee Wah used part of her speech at the event to wish his family well.

They were there with fellow Ang Mo Kio GRC MPs Lam Pin Min and Wee Siew Kim, and Yio Chu Kang MP Seng Han Thong for the ward’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

In a short off-the-cuff speech, PM Lee said: ‘She is 87 years old, and many families will know that when you have old parents at home, we worry for them and we do our best to take good care of them.

‘And it’s a heavy responsibility for the family, and you always think and worry about what will happen next.

‘But we do our best, and I think we make sure we take care of them.

‘Mrs Lee is still in hospital. Your good wishes and your support have helped us and helped all of my family go through a difficult period. So thank you very much.’

jeremyau@sph.com.sg

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 19th May 2008



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