Bouquets :Care and support to fulfil wife's last wish

Care and support to fulfil wife's last wish

At 1am on June 2, my wife was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) because of breathing difficulties.

Two doctors told me that she had a severe lung infection (pneumonia) and was in the final stage of Alzheimer's disease. Her chances of survival were near zero.

They explained that she could be put on life support or receive palliative care at a hospice.

I chose neither, preferring that she spend her last days at home.

She was transferred to Ward 8C until she was able, with fewer complications, to go home. She was discharged on June 18 and is under the Dover Park Hospice Home Care medical team led by Dr Pijush Sarker.

I am grateful to all the supportive and caring staff - including TTSH's in-house palliative doctor, Dr Ang, medical social worker Wong Hui Mei and occupational therapist Dearbhaile Nunan - for helping to bring my wife home and making her last wish a reality.

Lim Fah Kiong

Helping hand for injured neighbour

I thank the group of Ngee Ann Polytechnic students as well as a medical student who assisted my elderly neighbour when he fell from his bicycle on the evening of July 8.

The incident happened at the void deck of Block 402, Bedok North Avenue 3.

My neighbour had fallen several hundred metres away and was giddy, out of breath and could not move.

The students helped to support him and assisted in all possible ways.

I did not have the chance to thank them personally but I am grateful for their help. It is such acts that make me feel that Singapore is still a caring society.

Victor Lee Zhiqiang

Marine Cove a great place for kids

Kudos to the National Parks Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority for the new Marine Cove playground.

It is an excellent and well-designed area with many varieties of play spaces.

Being there brought back fond memories of my younger days.

Now, my children choose to put down their electronic gadgets and go outdoors more often. Indeed, hearing them laugh and shout as they play is music to my ears.

Su Kim Teck

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'Bouquets'. Print Edition | Subscribe