Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who was discharged from hospital yesterday, took to Facebook to express his thanks for the help and well-wishes he received. He wrote:
The last few weeks were the toughest of my life. I could get through this time because of the strong support from my family, great medical care and the kindness from all of you.
If not for the critical help of many people, including my colleagues in Cabinet on the day of my stroke, I wouldn't be here now.
The TTSH (Tan Tock Seng Hospital) and NNI (National Neuroscience Institute) teams are truly dedicated professionals. They showed the best of care, and a warm human touch. They are rays of light when patients and their families are at their lowest.
I am so thankful too to the SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force) crew who saved me. Anyone who is helped by our hospitals and the SCDF is in good hands.
It was not just about medical care. One more thing made a difference... all your prayers and good wishes. I was very touched to hear about the prayers of different religious groups, and to receive all your wishes, cards and flowers. Your good wishes stayed by my side at the hospital, and I am taking them home with me.
I am also touched by how friends and colleagues in government and in Tampines came together to make sure our work gets done and our residents are cared for. This is true team spirit, thank you.
For now, doctors say no visitors, no work, focus on rehab so I can recover fully. I may not be able to reply to your messages. But be assured that I am reading them all, and your good wishes give me strength.
I look forward to when I can see everyone again. My deepest thanks to all of you for your wishes and prayers.
Enjoy the rest of your June holidays, and blessed Ramadan to all our fasting friends. Let's iftar together next year.
Everyone, please take good care of yourselves too.