Former President SR Nathan's vital signs stable but he remains critically ill: PM Lee

PM Lee also extended his support to Nathan's family and thanked people for their good wishes.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Friday, said that former President SR Nathan's health conditions remain critical but his vital signs are improving. SR Nathan had suffered a heart attack and was immediately admitted to a hospital on July 31.

Former President SR Nathan remains critically ill and unconscious but he is restful and his vital signs are currently stable. Grateful to the team of dedicated doctors and nurses for their attentive care," wrote PM Lee in a Facebook post.

PM Lee also extended his support to Nathan's family and thanked people for their good wishes.

"Also chatted with Mrs Nathan and the family. This is a difficult time for them. The support and encouragement they have received from so many people mean a lot to them. They have been touched by the many messages and good wishes. Not many people have done as much for Singapore as Mr Nathan has. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers," he added.

Other ministers like Chan Chun Sing from Prime Minister's Office, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Acting Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung also visited the ailing Singaporean leader on Friday.

Chan also posted on Facebook wishing the former president a quick recovery.

"Thankful for the many friends and Singaporeans who have been quietly supporting Mr Nathan's family," he said.

Last year in April, Nathan suffered a stroke and was admitted at SGH for almost three weeks. But later he was discharged from the hospital and had been reported to be recovering well.

SR Nathan, who is now 92 is the sixth and the longest-serving president of Singapore. Nathan served two six-year- terms as the head of state from 1999 to 2011. He officially stepped down as President on August 31, 2011 and was succeeded by President Dr. Tony Tan.