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Contractor Teong Hien Sing initially thought that he escaped with just two broken ribs after a Nissan GT-R driven by a full-time national serviceman, Herman Shu Ximu, rammed into his Toyota Corolla in a Kallang carpark on Aug 27 last year.
The Nissan GT-R was travelling at a speed between 104kmh and 121kmh during the time of the accident.
Two months down the road, when the ride side of his body started becoming numb, Mr Teong soon realised that the repercussions of that accident still lingered in the form of a brain haematoma - a collection of blood between the covering of the brain and the brain surface.
Mr Teong, 66, told Lianhe Wanbao that he was going down to a coffeeshop when he noticed that his right foot was numb, and had no sensation even when he wasn’t wearing shoes.
He immediately went for a checkup and doctors discovered that he had a subdural haematoma.
He was unable to work for nearly half a year due to his injuries, said Mr Teong.
After the accident, he did not feel that anything was out of place.
It was only upon reaching home that he felt a dull throbbing pain in his right ribs.
He went to a hospital for a checkup and upon diagnosis, realised that two of his ribs were broken.
Heeding the doctor’s advice, he recuperated for two weeks before driving again.
However, two months later, he began to feel that something was not right with his body.
Not only was he unusually tired, his reactions were dull and he would occasionally feel that a numbness in his right hand and foot.
Mr Teong said:
“There was once I was walking over to a coffeeshop to have my meal.
“Only when I sat down did I realise that I had forgotten to put on my right shoe.
“I didn’t even feel anything.”
When Mr Teong’s family heard about the incident, they accompanied him to Mount Elizabeth Hospital for a checkup.
A brain scan indicated that his left brain had a 500ml haematoma which was pressing on his cranial nerves.
He was immediately scheduled for an operation to remove the haematoma on the day itself, and hospitalised for three days after.
Mr Teong was discharged on Oct 25 and given 32 days of medical leave.
He resumed working about three months after his discharge.