Para-athlete Jason Chee loses eye to cancer

Jason Chee, a para-athlete and navy serviceman.
The Straits Times

Para-athlete and navy serviceman Jason Chee has lost his right eye after being diagnosed with cancer, The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

Jason Chee, 34, lost his legs, left arm and three fingers on his right hand, in a ship accident during a routine exercise on a navy ship in 2012.

According to The Straits Times, one of Chee’s colleagues at Changi Navy Base took him to the hospital after he experienced a “50 per cent black out” in his right eye one morning.

“My colleague sent me to Changi General Hospital and the doctor found a lump in my eye. They told me the next day that it’s a tumour,” he was quoted as saying.

“I tried to find out the cause and treatment to save my eye, but there was no way,” he said.

He told The Straits Times that despite receiving such devastating news, he did not break down or lose his temper because of it.

After undergoing surgery in May, he went through rehabilitation and was back to his daily routine by early June, the news site reported.

Next month, Chee will also go ahead with plans to represent Singapore at the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.

The serviceman picked up para-table tennis after going through the navy accident and has since excelled at the sport. He won a team gold at the last Asean Para Games in Singapore in 2015, and also holds an individual silver.

Read more about Jason Chee’s experience with cancer on The Straits Times.