Jokowi visits Yudhoyono's wife at NUH

Above: Indonesian President Joko Widodo, First Lady Iriana and former minister Hatta Rajasa (left), at the National University Hospital to visit former first lady Ani Yudhoyono, who has been receiving blood cancer treatment at the hospital.
Above: Indonesian President Joko Widodo, First Lady Iriana and former minister Hatta Rajasa (left), at the National University Hospital to visit former first lady Ani Yudhoyono, who has been receiving blood cancer treatment at the hospital.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Above: Indonesian President Joko Widodo, First Lady Iriana and former minister Hatta Rajasa (left), at the National University Hospital to visit former first lady Ani Yudhoyono, who has been receiving blood cancer treatment at the hospital.
Above: Mrs Yudhoyono with her daughter-in-law Annisa Pohan. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ANIYUDHOYONO

Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday flew to Singapore to visit former first lady Ani Yudhoyono, who has been receiving treatment for blood cancer at the National University Hospital (NUH).

Mrs Yudhoyono, the wife of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has been hospitalised in Singapore since Feb 2.

Mr Joko was accompanied on the visit by First Lady Iriana and their son Kaesang Pangarep, the Antara national news agency reported.

Mr Joko told reporters before leaving for Singapore that he had wanted to allocate special time to visit Mrs Yudhoyono and her husband.

Mr Joko took over as Indonesia's president from Dr Yudhoyono, who served from 2004 to 2014.

Mr Joko was received at the hospital by the couple's elder son, Mr Agus Harimurti, and Mr Hatta Rajasa, a former minister and father in-law to their younger son Edhie Baskoro.

"Let's pray together so that Ibu Ani Yudhoyono can be healed soon (and) be healthy so that she can return home," The Jakarta Post quoted Mr Joko as saying. The paper said he was to return to Jakarta yesterday evening.

 
 
 

Dr Yudhoyono told a press conference in Singapore last week that his wife had been undergoing intensive medical care at NUH, The Jakarta Post reported.

Last week, it was reported that Dr Yudhoyono, who is the chairman of Indonesia's Democratic Party, would not be participating in any campaign events ahead of the general election in April, so as to be by his wife's side until her condition improves.

Mr Joko had previously deployed the presidential medical team to work with the Singapore doctors treating Mrs Yudhoyono.

Mrs Yudhoyono has been documenting her struggle dealing with the illness on Instagram.

On Tuesday, she posted a photo of herself sitting together with her daughter-in-law Annisa Pohan, who is married to Mr Agus.

"I am grateful for the blessings of Allah, second by second, minute by minute, hour after hour, day after day," she wrote in the post.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2019, with the headline 'Jokowi visits Yudhoyono's wife at NUH'. Print Edition | Subscribe