Date
21 August 2017
Lee Kuan Yew has been in and out of hospital in the past few years. Photo: Reuters
Lee Kuan Yew has been in and out of hospital in the past few years. Photo: Reuters

Lee Kuan Yew in hospital with severe pneumonia

Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is in hospital with severe pneumonia and remains in intensive care, though his condition has stabilized, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 and is breathing with the assistance of a ventilator, the newspaper said, citing a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on the weekend.

“He is conscious and lightly sedated,” the statement said. “His doctors are continuing to monitor his condition.”

Lee’s son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, tweeted that he visited his father Saturday morning to wish him “a happy Chinese New Year”.

Lee Kuan Yew has often been ill in recent years. He was hospitalized last Lunar New Year for an infection, fever and cough, and was also in hospital in February 2013 with what was at the time described as a strokelike condition, the newspaper said.

Singapore’s first and longest-serving prime minister, Lee led the country from 1959 to 1990.

Since 2009, he has been suffering from a neurological disease that makes it difficult for him to walk, his daughter, Lee Wei Ling, a neuroscientist, wrote in Singapore’s Sunday Times in 2011.

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