SINGAPORE, 30 Nov 2008: Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had a minor surgery at a local hospital yesterday to implant a cardiac pacemaker.
In a statement today, the Prime Minister’s Office said the surgery was performed because Lee, 85, had been experiencing symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm), which showed up with his atrial flutter last September.
The minister mentor, who was recovering from the surgery, was expected to be discharged from hospital tomorrow, the statement said.
It added that doctors would accompany Lee on his trip to Hong Kong from tomorrow till Tuesday to attend a dialogue session with former US President Bill Clinton at Clinton’s Global Initiative (CGI) Asia Meeting. — Bernama