Generation Grit: Nursing her way out of pain and poverty

The poverty she experienced growing up filled Ms Fiona Ke, 32, with compassion for the less fortunate, as did an unexpected heart operation at the age of 22. This is her story in her own words.

Ms Fiona Ke, 32, grew up in a single-parent household. At 22, she discovered she had a heart defect and had to undergo surgery. Now a nurse, that experience helped her empathise with her patients.

SINGAPORE - "My dad abandoned us when I was around five or six years old and my mum struggled to raise the three of us. I was the youngest.

She also had to support our grandfather, my dad's elderly father, who lived with us. So my mum rented out two rooms in our four-room flat, while we squeezed into the master bedroom, and my grandfather slept in the kitchen.

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