ESM Goh Chok Tong returns home after prostate cancer surgery

Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong has been discharged from hospital after his prostate cancer surgery. -- PHOTO: PETIR
Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong has been discharged from hospital after his prostate cancer surgery. -- PHOTO: PETIR

SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong has been discharged from hospital after his prostate cancer surgery.

"Happiness is to be back home after a successful and uneventful major operation and smooth, speedy recovery," Mr Goh, 73, wrote on the MParader Facebook page on Tuesday.

 

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In the post, the former prime minister thanked his medical team and well-wishers. Mr Goh, who underwent surgery on Saturday, said he allowed only three visitors apart from his immediate family members.

Among them was former MP and presidential candidate, Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

"I also had an almost hour-long chat with Tan Cheng Bock, my very close friend from school. We talked about mutual friends, health issues and families," Mr Goh wrote.

The other two were patrons of grassroot organisations in his Marine Parade ward. One of them just underwent surgery to have two stents inserted in his arteries.

Mr Goh added that he will have to cancel his appointments this week, but should be back to work next week, and keep his lunch appointment with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Dec 4.

ESM Goh ended his post with a philosophical reflection: "Lead a good, meaningful life and you will be blessed. You can then be philosophical about the unexpected as you travel life's journey."

The post had hundreds of likes just hours after it was put up.

Mr Goh has been updating the public about his condition on Facebook regularly.

On Monday, he thanked everyone for their concern and kind thoughts, adding that he had only one discomfort: "I have not 'broken wind' yet and hence not allowed food or fluids other than small sips of water".

He is expected to make a full recovery as the cancer was detected early.

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