Former president Nathan discharged from hospital

Former president Nathan discharged from hospital

Former president S R Nathan was discharged last Saturday from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where he had been warded since he suffered a stroke almost three weeks ago.

A source close to the 90-year-old told The Straits Times yesterday: "He is back to normal and simply needs more rest.

"He will do so at home."

Mr Nathan had been recovering and undergoing therapy at SGH after suffering a stroke on April 14.

During his time in hospital, Mr Nathan was visited by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, among others.

Many Members of Parliament and Singaporeans also took to social media to express their concern and wish him a speedy recovery.

Mr Nathan is Singapore's longest-serving president, having served two six-year terms as head of state from 1999 to 2011.

In his five decades in the public service, Mr Nathan has also been a social worker, trade union activist and diplomat.

In 2013, he was conferred the nation's top National Day honour - the Order of Temasek (First Class) - becoming only the seventh person in Singapore's history to be given the award.

This article was first published on May 4, 2015.
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