Yudhoyono's wife in NUH intensive care as health worsens

Former Indonesian first lady Ani Yudhoyono with her son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono at NUH in Singapore in April.
Former Indonesian first lady Ani Yudhoyono with her son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono at NUH in Singapore in April.PHOTO: ANI YUDHOYONO/INSTAGRAM

The health of the wife of Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took a turn for the worse on Wednesday.

Mrs Ani Yudhoyono, 66, was in the intensive care unit at the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore, said her son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono on Thursday.

He said his mother has been seeking treatment for leukaemia at the hospital since February this year.

"For now, Ibu Ani is in need of extra care," Mr Agus said. "The entire Yudhoyono family is now concentrating our efforts on restoring Ibu Ani's health condition."

Mr Agus said his mother, whose maiden name is Kristiani Herrawati, is being treated in a special quarantine room at NUH to avoid viral and bacterial infection, which could potentially interfere with her recovery.

"In the last one-third of the glorious and blessed holy month of Ramadan, the Yudhoyono family requests the willingness of the Indonesian people to pray that Ibu Ani's health condition will stabilise, continue to improve and (she will) be able to continue in her recovery process," he added.

Mrs Yudhoyono, a pillar of strength by her husband's side during his presidency from 2004 to 2014, had been documenting her struggle with the illness on Instagram, where she has 6.4 million followers.


Two weeks ago, she posted a picture of herself in a wheelchair with her husband outside the hospital ward with the caption: "Alhamdulillah (God be praised), after three months of not breathing fresh air, today I was permitted by the doctor to leave the room to see the green leaves, blue sky and have some fresh air even if it was only for one to two hours."

She has received many visitors and well-wishers, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who visited her in Singapore in February.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'Yudhoyono's wife in NUH intensive care as health worsens'. Print Edition | Subscribe