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Para-athlete Jason Chee loses right eye to cancer, his fighting spirit is still strong as ever

Para-athlete Jason Chee loses right eye to cancer, his fighting spirit is still strong as ever

He lost both his legs, left arm and three fingers on his right hand to a horrific accident abroad a naval ship in 2012.

Navy serviceman and para-athlete Jason Chee now has lost his right eye too.

In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, the 34-year-old told the local media that he was diagnosed with choroidal melanoma (a cancer of the eye) in April this year when a tumour measuring 1.5cm in size was discovered in his right eye.

“I felt quite lost,” he said. “It’s very strange; why is there something inside my eyeball?,” he told the local media.

He underwent surgery in May followed by rehabilitation. He will also have a prosthetic eye inserted in November.

He said “it is totally different” seeing with only one eye. “When I look straight, I can’t see things on my right. My depth perception was affected.”

Jason, who joined para-table tennis after his accident, won a doubles gold at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games with Aaron Yeo and also an individual silver medal.

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“One thing is I won’t give up easily; I still want to carry on playing table tennis,” he told Channel NewsAsia.

“You only live once, so I live life to the fullest and be happy day by day,” he added.

Here’s his interview with Channel NewsAsia: 

Top image via Jason Chee’s Facebook.

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