Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ST Now, News As It Happens - Jan 23, 2019, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

ST Now, News As It Happens - Jan 23, 2019, Singapore News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

ST Now, News As It Happens - Jan 23, 2019

In a message posted on his Instagram account, the family wrote: "Every news that were brought upon us since his last op was devastating with little signs of hope on his recovery. We all broke down when the medical team spoke to us that his condition is worsening and we should be prepared for the worst.

Actor Aloysius Pang dies after sustaining injuries during NZ military exercise: Mindef

Actor Aloysius Pang Wei Chong died at 8.45pm Singapore time on Wednesday (Jan 23) at Waikato Hospital, New Zealand, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Despite surgical attempts to repair damaged organs putting him on artificial life support, Corporal First Class (National Service) Pang succumbed to the injuries, Mindef said.

An independent Committee of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident. A press conference will be held on Thursday to present the preliminary findings and will be chaired by the Chief of Defence Force.

The Singapore Armed Forces will be making arrangements to bring his body back to Singapore, Mindef said.

Pang, 28, was carrying out repair works inside a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer at Waiouru Training Area with two other SAF personnel during his reservist stint on Jan 19 when the incident happened. He sustained injuries to his chest and abdominal areas when the gun barrel was lowered.

He underwent abdominal surgery at Waikato Hospital on the same evening, and a follow-up relook operation was completed successfully on Jan 21.

Doctors had said after his second operation that he was in a stable condition. But his condition took a turn for the worse, and he underwent a third surgery.

In an update earlier on Jan 23, Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen said he was in a critical condition, and needed artificial life support for his lungs, kidneys and heart.

Mindef said in the statement: "The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family of CFC (NS) Pang and will continue to render assistance and support in their time of loss." PHOTO: FACEBOOK / ALOYSIUS 冯伟衷

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