Naval serviceman Jason Chee who has been in a life-and-death struggle since a horrific accident last month has crossed a major milestone, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
Ng said on Sunday that Military Expert 2 (ME2) Chee could now breathe on his own though “not out of the woods yet”.
In an accident onboard RSS Endeavour, the 29-year-old lost his two legs and left arm, as well as three fingers on his right hand, after he was caught between the ship's motorised winch and a rope.
The defence minister told Chee's father, a retiree whose wife passed away two years ago, that the SAF will pay for all hospitalisation and rehabiltation expenses. After the father said he wanted to live his remaining days with his son without having to struggle, Ng said he assured that the SAF will be there for them both in the long term
"We want to get Jason up and about, independent as far as possible," Ng added.
Ng also sang praises about Chee's resilience and fortitude. He said that he has been receiving updates about Chee's conditions twice daily and that it was a moment of "relief and joy" to be able to shake Jason's hands when he visited Chee last week.
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