Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat collapses from stroke in Cabinet meeting; under intensive care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Updates)
Singapore, 12 May 2016 - Mr Heng Swee Keat (54), Minister for Finance, collapsed during a Cabinet meeting this afternoon at 5.34 pm. 3 doctors among the cabinet members attended to him on the spot. He was then quickly taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment.
A CT scan showed that Mr Heng had a sudden stroke due to an aneurysm, which is a localised weakening of a blood vessel. He underwent initial neurosurgery to relieve pressure in his brain due to the bleeding. The aneurysm has been successfully closed.
Mr Heng remains under close monitoring in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Many of his fans are praying for his recovery and sending well-wishes on social media.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be covering the duties of the Minister for Finance with immediate effect, according to the latest statement from the Prime Minister's Office.
UPDATES: PM Lee (leader of PAP) visited Mr Heng on 13 May and he remains sedated and in a stable condition under the care of doctors at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The Workers' Party also wished for his speedy recovery via social media.
UPDATES: 30 May 2016, PM Lee visited Mr Heng today and note that he has regained consciousness. He is recovering well and stays cheerful. Doctors believe that Mr Heng is not ready yet to entertain visitors or large groups of friends.
Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat standing in the middle in an earlier photo.