Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat discharged from Hospital
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has finally recovered enough from his stroke to be discharged from Tan Tock Seng Hospital today on 25 Jun 2016. (TTSH)
Mr Heng will be on medical leave as he continues his rehabilitation process. To minimise the risk of infection, his doctors have advised against receiving visitors for the time being.
Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam will continue to cover the duties of the Minister for Finance.
Mr Heng Swee Keat says:
'The last few weeks were the toughest of my life. I could get through this time because of the strong support from my family, great medical care, and the kindness from all of you.
If not for the critical help of many people, including my colleagues in Cabinet on the day of my stroke, I wouldn’t be here now. The TTSH and NNI teams are truly dedicated professionals. They showed the best of care, and a warm human touch. They are rays of light when patients and their families are at their lowest. I am so thankful too to the SCDF crew who saved me. Anyone who is helped by our hospitals and the SCDF is in good hands.
It was not just about medical care. One more thing made a difference... all your prayers and good wishes. I was very touched to hear about the prayers of different religious groups, and to receive all your wishes, cards and flowers. Your good wishes stayed by my side at the hospital, and I’m taking them home with me.
I am also touched by how friends and colleagues in government and in Tampines came together to make sure our work gets done and our residents are cared for. This is true team spirit, thank you.
For now, doctors say no visitors, no work, focus on rehab so I can recover fully. I may not be able to reply to your messages. But be assured that I'm reading them all, and your good wishes give me strength.
I look forward to when I can see everyone again. My deepest thanks to all of you for your wishes and prayers. Enjoy the rest of your June holidays, and blessed Ramadan to all our fasting friends. Let’s iftar together next year. Everyone, please take good care of yourselves too.'