[UPDATED 17/2 1815: Lee Kuan Yew has been discharged from hospital and is now recovering at home.
Statement from the Prime Minister's Office: Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been discharged from Singapore General Hospital and is resting at home. The doctors are following up with him to optimise his anti-coagulation therapy, in order to minimise the risk of further Transient Ischaemic Attacks.]
Founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Saturday after suffering a mini-stroke, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.
The former Prime Minister and Minister Mentor, currently 89 years old, suffered what is called in medical terms a suspected Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation (i.e. irregular heartbeat).
A TIA occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. A person will have stroke-like symptoms which clear in less than 24 hours.
He has since recovered but will remain warded for a few days for observation.
Back in 2008, Lee underwent successful treatment for abnormal heart rhythm and in 2010, he was hospitalised for a chest infection,
cancelling plans to attend the wake of Senior Minister of State for
His wife of 60 years, Kwa Geok Choo, also passed away in her sleep in 2010.