Dad thanks medical team for saving premature baby after pregnant wife killed in Jurong West accident

The baby is now five months old.

Tanya Ong | January 28, 2018 @ 05:02 pm


On May 13, 2017, six months pregnant Goh Chieh Ting went for breakfast with her mother-in-law in Jurong West.

They were about to cross the road to visit the market when Goh was hit by a lorry.

She was rushed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Doctors, however, were able to extract her premature baby from her.

Survived and doing well

The baby, named Yunice, spent two months in neonatal intensive care, and another three months in intensive care.

Eight months on, baby Yunice is now five months old, with her age corrected for prematurity.

Video recounting the incident

Yunice’s story was shown in a video during the opening of The Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore’s Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 on Jan. 27.

The last portion of the video is the most heart-wrenching, with the father talking about coping with his daughter being born following the tragedy.

The video recounted how different teams worked as a whole in saving the baby’s life.

These teams include the Singapore Civil Defence Force, the Ng Teng Fong medical team, as well as the National University Hospital’s neonatology department.

Day of accident

It was about 8am when the team at Ng Teng Fong hospital received the standby message from the SCDF.

When the patient arrived, the medical team decided to perform a perimortem caesarean section as this procedure would increase the likelihood of saving the lives of both mother and child.

Unfortunately, the mother did not survive and was pronounced dead at 9.30am. The baby, however, was successfully extracted.

A concurrent team then took over to perform manual ventilation in order to resuscitate the baby, while an emergency transfer was made to the closest neonatal intensive care unit at NUH.

Gratitude to medical team

Senior consultant at NUH, Yvonne Ng, observed that Yunice is a happy baby that is growing well since the accident:

“She is actually a very cheerful little girl. She will look at you, and she just gives you the biggest smile ever. I am happy to report that she is growing very well, and developmentally normal.”

The video concluded with the father Dave Yuen, expressing his joy to have Yunice in his life:

“With Yunice physically around in the house, every movement that she does… with her looking at you, just makes you feel happy. She brings in the positive vibe at home.”

He also showed deep gratitude to the medical team:

“On behalf of my family, I would like to thank the medical team for giving me a miracle, giving me hope.”

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