Swimming instructor Benedict James Naden Lim, 23, swam competitively for the Singapore Institute of Management and was a fit young man who was careful about what he ate and kept a strict fitness regimen. When he fell ill in June, Mr Naden thought his cough and fever symptoms were signs of a common flu, and a visit to the doctor did not suggest otherwise. But his symptoms were those of the Epstein-Barr virus, which triggered a rare immune disorder known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Mr Naden, who was due to graduate in May next year, was also later diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, a rare type of cancer, three weeks after he was hospitalised. He died last Saturday afternoon, just 2½ months after he first fell ill, and around an hour after he had surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain. Speaking to The Straits Times at his son’s wake yesterday, Mr Benjamin Naden, 52, said scans and tests conducted when his son was admitted to hospital in July found that the organs, including the liver and kidneys, were deteriorating and there was water in the lungs. But his son, who coached young children at the aquatic club where he learnt to… Read full this story
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