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Overcoming accident to regain purpose in life

Mr Alwyn Keng was paralysed from the waist down after a freak accident in his first year of university. Despite that, he did well in his studies and is now an analyst at HSBC Singapore.
Mr Alwyn Keng, who is paralysed from his waist down after a 2012 swimming pool accident, bounced back in his studies and life and hopes his story shows that people with special needs are just as capable.
Mr Alwyn Keng, who is paralysed from his waist down after a 2012 swimming pool accident, bounced back in his studies and life and hopes his story shows that people with special needs are just as capable.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

An active student who loved sports, Mr Alwyn Keng saw his life dramatically altered after a swimming pool accident robbed him of the use of his legs in his first year in university. But he returned to school and, last year, graduated with top honours. He is now a bank analyst at HSBC. This is his story, the latest in a series on resilient millennials.

It was six weeks into his time as a business student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012 when he had the accident that would change his life.

Mr Alwyn Keng had turned up at one of the pools on campus to prepare for an inter-hall swimming competition. Like so many times before, he jumped off the starting block and plunged into the pool.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2019, with the headline 'Overcoming accident to regain purpose in life'. Print Edition | Subscribe