Scare in Singapore as Prime Minister faints in televised speech
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 22, 2016
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong caused a scare when he fainted briefly while delivering a long televised speech on Sunday, but he resumed speaking after resting. The sixty-four-year-old cancer survivor, son of the city-state’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, suddenly stopped speaking more than two hours into his speech and had to be helped off the stage.
When he returned about an hour and twenty minutes later, the crowd in the packed auditorium gave him a standing ovation and thousands of well-wishers expressed relief on social media. Aides blamed fatigue and dehydration and ruled out a stroke. Lee underwent surgery for prostate cancer last year and has received the all-clear from doctors. He survived a bout of lymphoma, a form of cancer, in 1992.