Mother of NSF who died due to heat stroke reveals her son donated his cornea before his untimely death

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Jasmine Yeo, the mother of the NSF who passed away due to a heat stroke, has revealed that her son signed up to donate his cornea before his untimely passing:

Dave wish to continue seeing this world with his cornea! Whoever you are, please enjoy seeing this world together with Dave! Hope 1 day you will see me again!

Posted by Jasmine Yeo H L on Monday, 30 April 2018

Yeo’s son, Dave Lee – a Guardsman from the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, was found to display signs of heat injury at about 8.35am on 18 Apr 2018. The Private had just completed an 8km fast march in Bedok Camp. He was pronounced dead yesterday at 5.32pm at Changi General Hospital after spending 12 days in critical condition at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Lee had just turned 19 ten days before he passed on.

Lee was an only child to Yeo, a spa manager, and her husband, property agent Dennis Lee. Neighbours told reporters that the family was close-knit.

After completing his primary school education at Rulang Primary School, secondary school education at Yuhua Secondary School and his A-Levels at Jurong Junior College, Lee enlisted into National Service on 5 Jan and completed his Basic Military Training on 11 March.

Lee’s enlistment was celebrated as a momentous occasion by his family. Today, his family members are asking “Who is the real enemy?”

Irreplaceable moment!

Posted by Jasmine Yeo H L on Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Armed Forces Council is expected to convene an independent Committee of Inquiry (COI) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, as is procedure in every case involving the death of a national serviceman. The COI has full powers as well as access to information and personnel to fully investigate the circumstances leading to death.

Family member of 19-year-old NSF who died from heat stroke demands more information after allegations that case was mishandled surface

164 COMMENTS

  1. My deepest condolence to Dave’s parents who must be hurting terribly over the untimely loss of their beloved young son. This is indeed an unbearable pain for any parent. I can only imagine that he died so young because the Lord, our GOD, has a much greater purpose for him.

  2. The Commanding officer is the supervising officer and the conducting and safety officers should help responsible for this misadventures should remove immediately

  3. We are band of brothers..those who don the uniform, REGARDLESS WHEN and WHERE..LESS WE FORGET….And we fight and die for our buddies lying in mud holes next to us..and IMO, NOT for some 20 glitzy so called ICONIC buildings downtown, as one CABINET IDIOT claimed in 2014. RIP, DAVE LEE, u are always remembered…for those in dereliction of there duty and responsibility U will answer for your actions and or in-actions.

  4. Walao Independent SG fake news sia… dont think he’s an only son to his parents, they have another daughter as well. everyone is mourning alr, what’s with all these fake news 🙁

  5. If rumours of the platoon being asked to perform strenuous exercise before the march and also not having enough sleep is confirmed then seriously this amounts to criminal negligence.

    If efforts to revive or cool him down when he was first showing signs of discomfort and thinking that he was trying to “Geng” is again criminal and borders on homicide because the safety personnel’s first job is to stabilise and to make sure the condition does not progress. If he were trying to get out by feigning heat shock, that is for the medical professionals to decide and action to be taken later

    • It requires some balance. There are some people who do try to game the system. But usually the protocol is to err on side of caution, I think.

    • Mah Chye Soon I suffered the same fate when I was in the 1st.batch of an Infantry Regiment….My head was suffering from major heat stroke n I fainted during the exercise….Heat stroke is fatal n when one feels the burning sensation to his head,he should stop immediately…If delayed,it’s fatal….

    • I can understand because sometimes they may think that we,soldiers want to ‘geng’ n when incidents happened,it’s usually too late to save our lived…..

    • Well, that was what the ‘insiders’ said. We have yet to hear the COI side of the investigation. Also the claim of Dave dead was a day earlier than what was in the news. Not sure who is right or wrong.Let the investigators do their job and see what unfold.

    • Just wonder will the truth really suffice? What will the current trainees be told before the COI? Maybe the current batch should be counselled and posted out to facilitate the truth to be out and one or two lay people and private doctor be involved in the COI. They should made known public the COI team.

  6. Those trainers are the real enemy of these boys. They will do anything to punish these boys as and when they fancy. That’s what someone close has also gone through. All those mfs involve should be punish themselves for causing a live to be lost, nb.

  7. The term “enemy” is a bit much. The SAF needs to ensure that our sons of Singapore go through NS safely and meaningfully. It doesn’t succeed 100% of the time, but it’s hardly “the enemy”.

    COIs are convened, and punishment are meted out. Usually it’s someone or some commanders on the ground who didn’t follow regulations.

  8. They are human, not machines !! Too hot weather, insufficent sleep, too demanding physical drill…they can be more flexible to these army men..no need for perfection. !

  9. The G must investigate and cannot hide the true facts in this case. A life is gone. It took much effort to raise a child to this age. The love, money, time and the laughter the family have. And i believed the family also plan for the FUTURE. Now the dream has been shattered not in war. BUT IN ARMY TRAINING. My deepest condolence to Dave’s parent.

  10. This death comes as a wake up call to those in charge as we commemorate 50 years of National Service. This reminds us that all is not right with some of the trainers who forget that they are in charge of other people’s sons. Perhaps some may have been tekan during their days. Now since they are trainers, they are doing the same. If this is the case, this tekan culture will never end. Someone should look into the letter tabulating first hand account of what happened, from Aaron and mete out appropriate punishment to the perpetrators.

  11. People should post positive wishes for his family. I feel sad when I read of news like this but I believe he will be in good place.

  12. Implementation of changes to Section 14 of the Government Proceeding Act (Chapter 121),

    “Nothing done or omitted to be done by a member of the forces while on duty as such shall subject either him or the Government to liability in tort for causing the death of another person, or for causing personal injury to another person…

    … No proceedings in tort shall lie against the Government for death or personal injury due to anything suffered by a member of the forces…

    The case now rests solely on the discretion of SAF/MINDEF and the MOD whether to convene a COI into the alleged incident…

  13. These ninkampoop so called commanders must be held accountable for what happened to Dave! U r responsible for the safety n well being of your men while on training. The men depended on u for guidance. But u failed miserably! Who are u to judge that Dave keng or not? Did u follow SOP about trainee down on heatstroke?

  14. The pain of the loss is devastating. One day he is healthy and well; next morning he goes into critical condition, then dies. Very hard to accept any explanation by the COI. COI findings sure kelong.
    Just like they think he “geng”.
    Wtf

    • While there is possibilities of lapses here. But i dont find the post to be totally trustworthy as well.

      Point 1: Illegal turnout. So what is illegal? 7hrs is for admin training, but high keys training is 4hrs not 7hrs and there will be a list of actions to mitigate the risk (something not being mentioned here)

      Point 2: Forcing. Its a fine line between pushing and forcing. So its a persception comments. I believe most man who had serve in combat units before will know the number of “keng” ppl we had, which could be in 100 to 1 genuine case. So how to effectively judge? If all the rest of 99 dont “keng”, then there is no need to judge right. But is that possible?

      Point 3. Ability to spot. Again its a comment of thing happen and faulting. When nothing happen, many will then say kiasu and blar blar. So the key is to find out whats the sydrome that had surface during then before it can judge whether there are error in judgement. Sadly, none of this was mentioned but just a general statement.

      Point 4. This is the only point which warrent the accusation. Hence these is where and what need full compete investigation. But hope before result was known, there wouldnt be speculation because if proven otherwise, the accuser should be punished for fanning specualation. But if proven right, he should be protected as being the whistle blower.

      Lesson for the rest. Point 2 strongly highlighted the possibilities of result of “crying wolf”. Hope all will learn and not promote speculation but speak with facts. Ty

      • heard from my son from 3rd guards, the soldiers from 1st guards had a turnout at about 11pm and got tekan until about 2 am in the wee hours of the night. And the next day at about 5:30 am they had to wake up and prepare for the 8 km fast march. (How many hours of rest is this??)
        Also not verified but heard the poor deceased soldier told his commander that he was not feeling well but was told to carry on with the 8km fast march.

    • Peter Quek, you should go right back to do NS again. And I will watch with glee when your body defeats you.
      A young man with a great future died. Have you no heart? Commanders, trainers and regulars are experienced people aren’t they? You think about “keng”? Low mentality

    • Well said ms Soh, when it comes to a serious issue l, those so called commanders should err on the side of caution if they are not sure and not make a decision based on their suspicions or egos, there are doctors and medics who can determine the diagnosis it’s not for them to decide, what ever happened to the army pledge of leave no man behind, a precious life is lost and a son died because of a huge callous miscalculation they must be punished severely

  15. Give the COI time to investigate. Some times blow this incident up on social media will cause more grieve to the family members reading 🙁

  16. Pawns in others’ game. Slaves in others’ paradise cum playground. Mindless collateral damage for others’ continuity of power and control.

  17. Mindef should know that the new millennial city boys sitting behind computer hardly go out in the sun unlike those of the olden day rugged boys from the 70s.A little exercise all fallen like tenpins.

  18. I would like all serving NSF personnel to call Mindef hotline 1800-3676767 or drop them an online feedback form if you know that your commanders are not following SOP or following guidelines and put the NSF at risks. Do not go through chain of cover up command. Once Mindef investigate the whole chain of command will be screwed including posting out of unit, demoted and stuff. I urge all NSF to reach mindef for all matters when you are being put at a disadvantage with solid evidence.

    • Ken Ng. Because of ppl like u who dont believe in system, thats why things tend to go haywire.

      While there is possibilities of lapses here. But i dont find the post to be totally trustworthy as well.

      Point 1: Illegal turnout. So what is illegal? 7hrs is for admin training, but high keys training is 4hrs not 7hrs and there will be a list of actions to mitigate the risk (something not being mentioned here)

      Point 2: Forcing. Its a fine line between pushing and forcing. So its a persception comments. I believe most man who had serve in combat units before will know the number of “keng” ppl we had, which could be in 100 to 1 genuine case. So how to effectively judge? If all the rest of 99 dont “keng”, then there is no need to judge right. But is that possible?

      Point 3. Ability to spot. Again its a comment of thing happen and faulting. When nothing happen, many will then say kiasu and blar blar. So the key is to find out whats the sydrome that had surface during then before it can judge whether there are error in judgement. Sadly, none of this was mentioned but just a general statement.

      Point 4. This is the only point which warrent the accusation. Hence these is where and what need full compete investigation. But hope before result was known, there wouldnt be speculation because if proven otherwise, the accuser should be punished for fanning specualation. But if proven right, he should be protected as being the whistle blower.

      Lesson for the rest. Point 2 strongly highlighted the possibilities of result of “crying wolf”. Hope all will learn and not promote speculation but speak with facts. Ty

  19. We share our sadness to the family for the lost of their only son.We know how the family feel and we are parents too.We pray for family will go through this difficulty periods and we pray for his son the soul it will be rest in peace.

  20. The minister of defence. SAF and the ministry would be going all out to get the NS soldier who shared what happened to Dave on the fateful day. To prove he is a disgruntled soldier spreading fake news and lies about what happened. Yishun black snake might come out in full force to defend the SAF.
    Too many cases like this has happened.
    My late brother Jegathesan Palani died in such a manner in camp after a run 9 years ago .
    For the paper generals SAF can never be wrong

  21. Old and sesoned trained officers not employ as Consultant to the unit Mindef only used young and inexperienced officer include Women officers

  22. Perhaps the HYDRATION policy is outdate or dangerously obsolete. Recent international marathons and endurance events lasting few hours have proven that OVER-HYDRATION is the main cause of deaths or injuries. Nobody ever died of dehydration or lack of water except in the desert for many days. OVER-HYRDATION known as hyponatraemia occurs when the person drinks too much water and this cause the body to secretes a water-retention hormone called vasopressin during stress like exercise to preserve the precious electrolytes needed for the heart to beat normally. So the person stops sweating and his core temperature rises exponentially. However his bloating brain will crush against his skull leading to seizure and subsequent coma and death. This findings have been proven consistently in marathons and endurance events. We should learn to recognise this sympton and do not force people to OVER DRINK to their death. Take Care!

    OTHER RECENT NEWS OF EXERCISE ASSOCIATED HYPONATRAEMIA (EAH) DEATHS
    (1) Drinking too much WATER has killed 14 people, new research has revealed (Mirror.co.uk, 30 June 2015). Victims of water intoxication include marathon runners and football players – but deaths have occurred even during yoga and lawn green bowling; (2) Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Fatal to Athletes (Medicalbag.com, September 23, 2014); (3) Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia EAH: 2017 Update – (Front Med (Lausanne), 3 Mar 2017) – Over the past decade in USA, EAH deaths have been confirmed in high school football players following practice; a soldier on the first day of Ranger training; a policeman participating in a 19 km bike ride; a college student performing calisthenics for a fraternity; a bushwalker; an ironman triathlete, and a canoeist during an ultradistance race. Additionally, a highly fit US solider died during a 50 km training march with both hyponatremic encephalopathy and exertional heat stroke. So over-hydration has proven consistently to cause EAH deaths while lack of water did not.

  23. COI and then what? As we found out from the Dominique Lee case, even when the SAF is at fault, you can’t sue them. And the officers in that case still got promoted. Your lives are cheap. Don’t hold your breath.

  24. Fellow Singaporeans, pls SHARE THIS TO SAVE OUR SONS’ LIVES IN NATIONAL SERVICE !

    To protect OUR SONS’ LIVES in National Service we DEMAND MINDEF set up an INDEPENDENT FEEDBACK UNIT for NS men to report regularly on Commanders not comply with training safety rules and Commanders with sadistic pleasure of torture & tekan NS men as PREVENTIVE MEASURES to safeguard Our Sons’ Lives in National Service !

    This INDEPENDENT FEEDBACK UNIT must be chaired and managed by Independent Senior and Mature Army Officers who WILL NOT DIVULGE the names of the Informers for fear of repercussions. These Senior Army Officers will observe and investigate the complaints and results will impact the appraisals of the Perpetrators & punishments mete out publicly to deter future Perpetrators for doing the same.

    MINDEF must always stay VIGILANT & implement PREVENTIVE MEASURES (Independent Feedback Unit bring up the problems) NOT take Remedial Actions upon the death of Our Sons to PROTECT OUR SONS’ LIVES !

  25. Hope that the platoon stand up as men to speak up . We served to army and yet do not benefit as Singaporean. Struggle in our daily needs, unfair competition from foreign workers.

  26. They will own self check own self and then declare innocent. The compensation for serving NS is peanuts, not going to be $600,000. So many freaking FT ministers and MP don even serve a day of NS, thousands of FT scholars avoiding NS and our poor local sons have to be expose to such risk? Is this fair?

  27. The problem is, many unit commanders and even MOs automatically tend to assume that a person is trying to keng even if his problem is genuine.

  28. Dear Dave, we all love you but God took you home to love you eternally. Heaven welcome you with peace,love & Joy forever..till we meet again ❤️

  29. The real enemy? In my humble opinion the real enemy is the abusive culture of the SAF. It has caused deaths done the start if the SAF till now. The PAP government still can’t get the SAF right after more than 50 years, with countless deaths, BOIs, COIs n tons of papers n reports. To protect your sons you should vote out the PAP government at the next GE n abolish NS for good. The SAF should be a professional army where they recruit only the right people with the right characters. This NS citizen army is not working.

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