'Mum wouldn't have believed I got into medical school', says poly graduate

Mr Darren Leong lost his mother to cancer nine years ago and barely made it to the Normal (Academic) stream. He went on to study biomedical science at the polytechnic and has been accepted to read medicine at the National University of Singapore.
Mr Darren Leong lost his mother to cancer nine years ago and barely made it to the Normal (Academic) stream. He went on to study biomedical science at the polytechnic and has been accepted to read medicine at the National University of Singapore.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

When Mr Darren Leong, 21, found out in May that he had been accepted to read medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), he was overjoyed.

Yet, there was also a tinge of regret as he could not tell his mother the good news after losing her to cancer nine years ago - the same year he took the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 21, 2019, with the headline ''Mum wouldn't have believed I got into medical school''. Print Edition | Subscribe