A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Full-time National Serviceman, PTE Joshua Quek Shou Jie, 21, sustained a cervical spine injury on 18 December 2019 night (SG time) during unilateral parachute training conducted in Taiwan. PTE Quek was immediately evacuated to the nearest tertiary hospital, where he underwent surgery on 19 December morning. Surgery proceeded without complications and his condition is currently stable. PTE Quek is being monitored in the Intensive Care Unit and further treatment to stabilise the cervical spine injury is planned. An orthopaedic specialist from Singapore has been flown in to help coordinate medical care.
PTE Quek’s family was also flown in to visit him at the hospital. Both parents have spoken with PTE Quek, who is conscious and lucid. The family has asked that their privacy be respected while PTE Quek undergoes further treatment for his recovery. The Ministry of Defence and the SAF will continue to render full support and assistance to the family.
The SAF is investigating the incident, and has suspended this training, pending the outcome of investigations.