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Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has been discharged from Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was being treated after suffering from a stroke.

Heng has been in the hospital the past month and a half. In a statement, the Prime Minister's Office said Heng "has made an excellent recovery", but he is still on medical leave as he continues his rehabilitation process.

"To minimise the risk of infection, his doctors have advised against receiving visitors for the time being," it added.

In a Facebook post, Heng said the last few weeks were the "toughest of his life". A short video was posted on social media which showed Heng thanking his medical team. Heng thanked the doctors, nurses, and staff of Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the National Neuroscience Institute for their care.

Heng added that he was touched by the support of his colleagues and fellow MPs in Tampines GRC. He also thanked his well-wishers, who had encouraged him and sent him loads of good wishes.

"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'm taking them home with me," he told AFP.

During a Cabinet meeting on May 12, Heng suffered a sudden stroke due to a localised weakening of a blood vessel. His cabinet colleagues, who were trained doctors, immediately rushed to his aid and he was taken to the hospital.

The minister underwent a successful surgery the same day and was also treated for a lung infection.

For the time being, the Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will continue to cover Heng's duties while he focuses on his recovery.

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