Monday, 23 February 2015

Lee Kuan Yew in ICU with severe pneumonia

Update 23 Mar 2015: Lee Kuan Yew passes away on 23 Mar 2015
7 days of national mourning declared

Mr Lee, aged 91 passed away at 3:18am on Monday morning, 46 days after admission to Singapore General Hospital.

Mr Lee was warded at SGH since 5 Feb for severe pneumonia and was on life support.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a period of national mourning for Singapore's first prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew from today to Sunday (March 23 - 29).

Mr Lee's body will lie in state at Parliament House from Wed to Sat (March 25 - 28). Those who wish to pay their respects can do so from 10am to 8pm daily during this period.

A State Funeral Service will be held at on Sun (March 29), 2pm, at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

The service will be attended by the late Mr Lee's family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life, said the statement. The state funeral will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.

State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast from today to Sunday as a mark of respect.

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Lee Kuan Yew's condition 'largely unchanged'

Lee Kuan Yew's condition has been "largely unchanged" says the latest update from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Friday 6 March.

An earlier update on 28 February said he was sedated and remains on mechanical ventilation. Doctors also administered antibiotics. "The doctors continue to monitor his condition," added the latest statement.

Mr Lee, 91 has been warded at SGH since 5 Feb for severe pneumonia.

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Singapore’s first PM still on life support

Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, hospitalised since last month, is still on life support in an intensive care unit at a hospital here and is being monitored closely.

“Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s condition remains largely unchanged since the last update on February 28, 2015. The doctors continue to monitor his condition,” said a statement in an update on the former premier’s health.


On February 28, the Prime Minister’s Office had said in a statement that Lee remained sedated and was on mechanical ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit at Singapore General Hospital.

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Mr Lee Kuan Yew's condition 'improved slightly' says Prime Minister's Office
Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's condition has improved slightly, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's condition has improved slightly, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Saturday.

He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), and is continuing with his antibiotics.

Mr Lee, 91, was admitted to SGH on Feb 5 with severe pneumonia.

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LKY Is On Life Support, Because That’s What Mechanical Ventilation Is

Singapore media insists on using ‘mechanical ventilation’ over ‘life support’ As you probably know by now, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) after being admitted for severe pneumonia. On Thursday (26 February), the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Mr Lee remains on mechanical ventilation, and has started on a course of antibiotics. How local sources reported it.

Here’s Channel NewsAsia’s take:

And as covered by the Straits Times:

How international sources called it.

According to TIME:

And The Guardian:

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Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew on life support

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, remains on life support in intensive care being treated for severe pneumonia, the government said on Thursday.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is sedated and on mechanical ventilation. His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely, it said.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on February 5, 2015.
In his 2013 book, “One man’s View of the World”, Mr. Lee said he signed a legal document informing doctors not to keep him alive if his death is imminent.
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Why is Lee Kuan Yew's Wish For A Quick Death Not Respected By His Doctors?
Look at last year's NDP parade and you can see the state in which Lee Kuan Yew is in
He is frail and unable to walk on his own and basic tasks like standing and sitting down is a problem

A couple of days back, the Prime Minister's Office announced that our founding father Lee Kuan Yew was hospitalized in SGH for severe pneumonia since 5 February. They revealed that he was lightly sedated, on mechanical ventilation and warded in the the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

But in a 2013 interview, Lee Kuan Yew mentioned that he feels weaker by the day and wants a quick death.


To accomplish this, Lee Kuan Yew had an Advanced Medical Directive (AMD) done which specifies that if he had to be fed by a tube, and if it is unlikely that he would ever be able to recover and walk about, his doctors are to remove the tube and allow him to make a quick exit.

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Lee Kuan Yew has died rumours untrue, says Singaporean minister

Rumours circulating that former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has died is not true, says Singaporean Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan Jin.
"Rumours are circulating wildly. Many of you have messaged to ask about Lee's condition. Do continue to pray for his recovery," he said on Facebook.
Local television channel Channel NewsAsia earlier reported that it had checked with the authorities that the rumours were untrue. In a statement on Saturday, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on February 5, 2015, for severe pneumonia.

The statement said his condition had stabilised and placed at an intensive care unit. He is conscious.

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Lee Kuan Yew in hospital with severe pneumonia, condition 'stabilised'
The former Singapore prime minister has been in hospital for 17 days, but his condition has "stabilised" in Singapore General Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), says the Prime Minister's Office

Former prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, has been hospitalised with severe pneumonia, but his condition has since stabilised, announced the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Saturday (Feb 21).

Mr Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb 5 for severe pneumonia. "His condition has stabilised and he remains on mechanical ventilation in the ICU. He is conscious and lightly sedated," the PMO said.

"His doctors are continuing to monitor his condition. PMO will keep the public informed of any change," it added.

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SOME WEIRD OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT LKY WAS HOSPITALISED
It seems that his family were waiting for Senior Lee to get into a Stable condition before announcing the news

Today, it was announced that Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was warded in the Intensive Care Unit at Singapore General Hospital.

What is odd, however, is that the news was only announced today because according to a press statement from the Prime Minister's Office, he had been in hospital since Feb 5th with severe Pneumonia.

Mr Lee is quite an influential figure as he is regarded by many as the "founding father" of Singapore. It is interesting that the news of his hospitalization was withheld for over 2 weeks.

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Why News reported PM Lee's prostate cancer while kept MM pneumonia a secret

Why News reported PM Lee's prostate cancer the next day while kept ex MM Lee pneumonia treatment a secret for more than 2 weeks?

What's the rational behind? Is this to show that our Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew is more important and carries more weight than todays PM Lee.

Basing on common sense, the reverse should be true. What is The Straits Times trying to prove?

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Get-well wishes for Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Teck Ghee residents writing get-well wishes for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who underwent prostate cancer surgery recently, at the ward's Chinese New Year dinner. After learning that his father Lee Kuan Yew was in hospital, some expressed sadness that he could not usher in Chinese New Year with his family. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Deliveryman Ong Eng Hue, a Teck Ghee resident, turned up for the ward's annual Chinese New Year dinner last night hoping to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

He was slightly disappointed that PM Lee, who went through surgery for prostate cancer a few days ago, could not attend the event as he was recuperating at home.

But when Mr Ong, 56, heard that PM Lee's father, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, was hospitalised for severe pneumonia, and had been warded for two weeks, he was shocked. His wife, Madam Zhong Liyu, 47, cupped her hands over her mouth.


Full Coverage:
Hindu Business Line: Singapore's first PM still on life support
TIME: Singapore’s Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Is Still on Life Support
THE GUARDIAN: Lee Kuan Yew, first prime minister of Singapore, on life support
Jagran Post: Singapore's first Prim Minister on life support
Bangkok Post: Singapore's Lee on life-support
The Hindu: Singapore's first PM on life support
Malaysia Chronicle: Lee Kuan Yew still alive - govt sources
Financial Times: Singapore sends update on Lee Kuan Yew's condition
Channel News Asia: Serangoon residents pen well wishes for Lee Kuan Yew
AsiaOne: Mr Lee in stable condition
Reuters: Kazakh president hints he may seek to emulate Singapore's Lee
Straits Times: Adrian Pang to play Lee Kuan Yew in upcoming musical
Malay Mail: Kazakh president says may take page from Lee Kuan Yew's playbook
AsiaOne: 'Pay tribute to Mr Lee and other pioneers'
AsiaOne: Adrian Pang to play Lee Kuan Yew in The LKY Musical
Sun Daily: Former S'pore PM Kuan Yew's condition remains largely unchanged
Sin Chew Jit Poh: LKY's condition largely unchanged
Straits Times: Actor Adrian Pang to play Mr Lee Kuan Yew in The LKY Musical
Star Online: Lee Kuan Yew's condition remains unchanged
AsiaOne: Mr Lee's condition remains the same
TODAYonline: Lee Kuan Yew's condition remains unchanged: PMO
Straits Times: Mr Lee Kuan Yew's condition remains largely unchanged, says PMO
GlobalPost: Spore's former PM Lee Kuan Yew's condition remains largely unchanged
Yahoo Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew's condition 'largely unchanged'
Channel News Asia: Lee Kuan Yew's condition 'largely unchanged': PMO
BUSINESS TIMES: Lee Kuan Yew's condition "largely unchanged": PMO
Star Online: Rumours of Lee Kuan Yew's death untrue
Free Malaysia Today: Rumours of Kuan Yew's passing unfounded
Malay Mail: Rumours ex-S'pore PM Lee Kuan Yew has died is untrue, says minister
Malaysian Insider: Lee Kuan Yew has died rumours untrue, says S'porean minister
CNA: Lee Kuan Yew remains sedated, on mechanical ventilation at SGH ICU: PMO
Financial Times: The legacy of its founder looms over Singapore
BUSINESS TIMES: Mr Lee Kuan Yew still warded at SGH,closely monitored by doctors
Rakyat Post: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in hospital
AsiaOne: Lee Kuan Yew still in ICU, closely monitored by doctors
SCMP: S'pore ex-premier Lee Kuan Yew on 'mechanical ventilation' in intensive
Bangkok Post: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in ICU
IBNLive: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in intensive care: Statement
TIME: Singapore's Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Is Still on Life Support
NDTV: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Still in ICU
Guardian: Lee Kuan Yew, first prime minister of Singapore, on life support
Bernama: Former Singapore PM Kuan Yew Remains In ICU
New Age Online: Singapore's First Premier Lee Kuan Yew Still in Intensive Care
Star Online: Lee Kuan Yew closely monitored by doctors
BUSINESS TIMES: Lee Kuan Yew still in ICU, remains sedated
Yahoo: Lee Kuan Yew has died rumours untrue, says Singaporean minister
Online Citizen: PMO: Former Prime Minister still warded in ICU
malaysiandigest: Lee Kuan Yew Remains Sedated, Mechanical Ventilation At ICU
Global Indonesian: Spore First Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at ICU in SGH
The Sun Daily: Encouraging support for hospitalised Singapore's first prime minister
Tempo: Lee Kuan Yew hospitalized
Economic Times: Singapore founding PM Lee Kuan Yew in ICU but 'stable'
Daily Mail: Singapore's first prime minister hospitalised with pneumonia
Charlotte Observer: Singapore's founder hospitalized with pneumonia
Wall Street Journal: Singapore's Former PM Lee Kuan Yew Hospitalized
The Sunday Times: Ex-PM 'stable'
Bloomberg: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew Hospitalized for Pneumonia
Leadership Newspape: Singapore's First Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Hospitalised
NWAOnline: In the news
Straits Times: Get-well wishes for Mr Lee Kuan Yew
AsiaOne: Mr Lee Kuan Yew in SGH with severe pneumonia
WSJ: Spore’s Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Hospitalized With Pneumonia
Financial Times: Lee Kuan Yew in intensive care
Bloomberg: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew Hospitalized for Pneumonia
Xinhua: Singapore's former PM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for severe pneumonia
Inquirer.net: Former Spore PM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for pneumonia, now stable
Business Standard: Singapore statesman Lee Kuan Yew hospitalised
Livemint: Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew hospitalized with pneumonia
Minneapolis Star: Spore's 1st prime minister, 91-year-old Lee Kuan Yew, hospitalized
The State: Singapore's 1st prime minister hospitalized with pneumonia
Arab News: Singapore's first prime minister, 91, hospitalized with pneumonia
Bangkok Post: Lee Kuan Yew on ventilator
The Malaysian Insider: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew in ICU
New Straits Times: Ex-Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew in ICU but stable
Malaysia Chronicle: Lee Kuan Yew in ICU severe pneumonia, on 'mechanical ventilation'
ABC Online: Spore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew hospitalised with pneumonia
Channel News Asia: Lee Kuan Yew in hospital with severe pneumonia, condition
The Straits Times: Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for severe
AsiaOne: Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for severe pneumonia, condition is stable
Yahoo Singapore: Former PM Lee Kuan Yew on mechanical ventilation in ICU
CNBC: Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for severe pneumonia
Business Standard: Singapore statesman Lee Kuan Yew hospitalised
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Spore's 1st prime minister, 91-year-old Lee Kuan Yew
Livemint: Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew hospitalized
Bangkok Post: Lee Kuan Yew on ventilator
The Malaysian Insider: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew in ICU
TODAYonline: PM Lee visits his father in hospital
TODAYonline: Former MM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital with severe pneumonia
Bangkok Post: Singapore founding PM Lee Kuan Yew in intensive care but 'stable'
Utusan Malaysia: Lee Kuan Yew dirawat di hospital
Yahoo News UK: Top Asian News at 7:30 pm GMT
Dalje.com: Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew suffering from severe pneumonia
Berita Harian: Lee Kuan Yew dirawat guna alat sokongan hayat, keadaan stabil
Yahoo Singapore: Singapore's founding PM Lee Kuan Yew in hospital
Sipse.com: Neumonía manda al hospital a primer ministro
LaCronica.com: El primer premier de Singapur es hospitalizado, con neumonía
BeritaSatu: Diserang Pneumonia Berat, PM Singapura Pertama Dirawat Intensif


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Singapore's Founding Father Hospitalised

Back from the hospital, Lee is trotted out for the media.  Straits Times:

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew attended an annual Chinese New Year party for grassroots leaders at the Istana on Sunday evening. The Chinese New Year garden party was hosted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Cabinet ministers.

It was the elder Mr Lee’s first public appearance since he attended two days of Parliament sittings last month.

Last Tuesday, Mr Lee, 90, was due to speak at an annual Chinese New Year dinner in his Tanjong Pagar GRC but could not attend due to ill health.

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Lee Kuan Yew hospitalised: Suspected Transient Ischaemic Attack
Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was hospitalised yesterday because an irregular heartbeat had led to a brief stoppage of blood flow to a part of the brain. -- MY PAPER FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was hospitalised on Friday because an irregular heartbeat had led to a brief stoppage of blood flow to a part of the brain.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office released on Saturday said that Mr Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Friday after experiencing a suspected "Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation (i.e. irregular heartbeat)."

A Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is 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.

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Lee Kuan Yew on death: I want mine quickly, painlessly
Lee Kuan Yew says he wants a quick death

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who will turn 90 next month, said in a new book published Tuesday that he feels weaker by the day and wants a quick death.
"Some time back, I had an Advanced Medical Directive (AMD) done which says that if I have to be fed by a tube, and it is unlikely that I would ever be able to recover and walk about, my doctors are to remove the tube and allow me to make a quick exit," he wrote in the book "One Man's View of the World".
The book is dedicated to the Asian statesman's views on international affairs but an entire chapter contains his musings on death, religion and other personal issues. The 400-page work is dedicated to his late wife Kwa Geok Choo, whose death in 2010 shattered the normally stoic veteran politician.

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Lee Kuan Yew – The Man and his Legacy
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The Battle For Merger
Happy 91st Birthday Lee Kuan Yew from Singapore!
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Lee Kuan Yew turns 90
Lee Kuan Yew hospitalised: Suspected Transient Ischaemic Attack
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"One World's View Of The Man"
Lee Kuan Yew on death: I want mine quickly, painlessly
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