Singapore national sepak takraw player Muhammad Azreen Sairudin, who was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier this month that claimed the life of his brother, is now recuperating at home.
Speaking to TODAY, his uncle Sairi Sani said Azreen, 25, who was to have been part of Singapore’s sepak takraw squad for the recent 28th SEA Games, has been discharged from Tan Tock Seng Hospital last Friday after spending close to two weeks in the intensive care unit.
But Azreen, who required surgery on his injured arm, must wait at least a few more months before he can return to the sport.
“He is doing well. He was discharged last Friday, we brought him to hospital on Monday (June 22) for further checks.” said Sairi, 50. “He is strong and recovering very well, but he also thinks about his brother and feels sad when he recalls what happened. But we (family) managed to cheer him up.”
Azreen and his 21-year-old brother Aqil, who was riding pillion, were on the Seletar Expressway on June 7 when the accident happened.
Azreen was to have played a key role for Singapore in the sepak takraw competition at the SEA Games.
In the aftermath, national team-mates and officials from the Singapore Sepak Takraw Federation had rallied around the player.
“His arm was badly injured when a vein ruptured,” said Sairi. “The doctor replaced the vein in the arm and now the arm is back to as per normal. His legs are okay. It’s just the arms which will take a few months to recover before he can play again.”
One of Singapore’s more promising players, Azreen had been selected for Singapore’s sepak takraw team for the June 5 to 16 SEA Games, where the hosts finished with one silver and seven bronze medals.