AsiaOne - MM Lee in hospital for heart problem
He had successful treatment for abnormal heart rhythm. -Reuters
Sat, Sep 13, 2008
SINGAPORE, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Lee Kuan Yew, 84-year-old founder of modern Singapore, has undergone successful treatment for an abnormal heart rhythm at a local hospital, his press secretary said on Saturday.
"He is still in the hospital," Yeong Yoon Ying told Reuters, adding that he would remain under observation for the time being.
It was the first time that Lee has suffered from the complaint, known medically as "atrial flutter", Yeong said.
He is expected to resume his normal schedule within the next few days, said a Straits Times report.
Lee is credited with transforming Singapore from a swampy Third World seaport into a First World financial dynamo. He was Singapore's first prime minister for 31 years until 1990.