It started the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Mr Kevin Heng, who was 22 at the time, woke up to horrendous pain in his right ankle. He could barely walk. But he thought the ankle, which he had broken in secondary school playing touch rugby, was just acting up.
He was studying in Australia then and decided to tough it out. Finally, after 21/2 weeks of agony, he saw a doctor and was diagnosed with gout.