A 15-year-old boy with a heart condition died after collapsing during a 2.4km run in school on Wednesday afternoon.
Teachers had tried to resuscitate Bryan Chee, a Secondary 4 student at Loyang Secondary School, but were unsuccessful, said his mother, Madam Cynthia Lee, 40.
Madam Lee, a billing associate at an IT firm, told The Straits Times that the school called her at around 5pm to say her son had collapsed.
She added that Bryan’s teachers and classmates told her he had been on the first or second lap of the run when he suddenly sat down and collapsed on the track.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to a call for an ambulance at the school at about 4.40pm. The police said the boy was taken unconscious to Changi General Hospital and later pronounced dead. The police are investigating the unnatural death.
While she is not sure of the exact cause of Bryan’s death as the coroner’s report will take three to five months, Madam Lee said his death certificate stated cardiac failure.
She said Bryan suffered from a congenital heart defect where his heart was missing a valve, though the affable and mature boy never complained of discomfort and even joined the school’s basketball team.
She and her husband, Mr Larry Chee, 43, found out about their son’s condition when he was seven.