Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen reveals how nurses saved mum's foot in Nurses' Day tribute

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen shared this photo in Facebook, calling nurses the "the unsung heroes and pride of our nation".
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen shared this photo in Facebook, calling nurses the "the unsung heroes and pride of our nation". PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/ FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen shared in a Facebook post how nurses at the Singapore General Hospital helped save his mother's foot from amputation.

"Mum was diabetic and developed foot ulcers because she could not move after the fractures. As a surgeon, I knew that there was actually a risk that mum might need an amputation - and dreaded it," he wrote in a post on Thursday.

"But it was the loving attention and devotion of the nurses who carefully dressed her wounds each day that allowed the ulcers to heal - her foot was saved!"

He added that this was "not a unique story", as patients all over Singapore are cared for by nurses.

"Nurses do their work quietly, without fanfare and expectations of any glamour or recognition," he said.

He ended his post by wishing them "Happy Nurses' Day!".

Dr Ng also noted in his Facebook post that nursing has a 130-year history in Singapore.

Nurses' Day is celebrated on August 1 in Singapore each year, the day that nursing began in Singapore.

In 1885, there was a shortage of nurses to support the work of the doctors. The call for nurses was answered by nuns from the local French Convent, who started nursing at the General Hospital at Sepoy Lines on Aug 1 that year, three years after the hospital began operation.

Most countries celebrate Nurses' Day on July 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale.