Rui En on developing deep vein thrombosis: 'Perhaps I should or would be dead'

Lim Ruey Yan
The Straits Times
December 10, 2023

Home-grown actress Rui En wrote that she may have just avoided death after developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

“My right arm started swelling and mottling with bruising on Friday night,” the 42-year-old wrote on Instagram on Dec 10.

“Rushing to the A&E, after ultrasound, angiogram, CT scan and countless vials of blood drawn, we discovered that I’d developed deep vein thrombosis (that is, a blood clot) in the vein behind the clavicle, which cut off blood flow to the arm. Apparently, this in the upper body is rare.”

Referring to an event which she was scheduled to attend, she continued: “To all the peeps going to Suntec, you have no idea how much my heart breaks and how disappointed I am that I won’t be able to be there. My doctors have advised against it. First big testimony and this happens just before.”

The actress, who starred in the fantasy romance drama Oppa, Saranghae! (2023), noted that DVT does not typically have warning signs.

“Which means perhaps I should or would be dead. Which means divine intervention. Which means maybe this will be the testimony after all. Just not today,” she wrote.

She assured her followers she is fine and urged those attending the event to enjoy it on her behalf.

More than 20 of her celebrity pals, such as Kit Chan, Chantalle Ng, Desmond Tan and Taufik Batisah, have left messages on her post, asking her to take care and get well soon.

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