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Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father, hospitalized

SINGAPORE -- Lee Kuan Yew, this city-state's first and longtime prime minister, was hospitalized for severe pneumonia on Feb. 5. According to the Prime Minister's Office, the 91-year-old's "condition has [since] stabilized." Lee is conscious in an intensive care unit and is on "mechanical ventilation," the office said Saturday night in a statement.

     "The doctors are continuing to monitor his condition," the statement said.

     The former prime minister reportedly spent some days in a hospital last February due to a fever and cough. He was also hospitalized in February 2013 after experiencing an irregular heartbeat.

     Earlier this week, Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore's current prime minster and the son of Lee Kuan Yew, underwent surgery for prostate cancer. The prime minister is expected to make a full recovery, his office said. He was discharged on Wednesday.

     On Saturday evening, Lee Hsien Loong posted a comment on Facebook that he had visited his father in the hospital in the morning. He shared that he could not see his father on the first day of Chinese New Year due to advice from doctors monitoring his own and his father's health.

     Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister of independent Singapore from 1965 to 1990.

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