Business Times – 02 Jun 2008
By ARTHUR SIM
MRS Lee Kuan Yew, wife of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, is making steady progress after suffering a stroke on May 12.
A press statement from the Minister Mentor’s Office issued yesterday said: ‘Twenty days after suffering a stroke, Mrs Lee’s condition has stabilised.’
Mrs Lee, 87, had experienced sudden weakness in the left side of her body and slurring of speech. She was taken to the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) for an urgent brain scan, which revealed bleeding in the right side of the brain, and was subsequently admitted to the Neurointensive Care Unit in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
After her transfer to the general ward on May 14, Mrs Lee remained in serious condition and underwent surgery on May 17.
The statement from the Minister Mentor’s Office yesterday also said: ‘Since her surgery, she has become more alert, and is currently making slow but steady progress with rehabilitation.’
This is the second stroke that Mrs Lee is reported to have suffered.
In 2003, when she and Mr Lee were in London on a European tour, she also suffered a stroke. She recovered soon after and was well enough to continue accompanying Mr Lee on official trips.
Their last official trip is said to have been in March when they visited Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Bahrain in the Middle East.