- An 11-year-old boy was found unconscious and was eventually pronounced dead while he was on the school bus and on his way to school
- The boy, Zenneth Hue Yee Hon, was a primary 5 student at Maris Stella High School and has been sick over the weekend until Monday
- The boy's mother shared that he was healthy and have no pre-existing health conditions as the police investigate the unnatural cause of death
Zenneth Hue Yee Hon, an 11-year-old student from Maris Stella High School, was found dead on the school bus, while on his way to school on Tuesday, August 30.
Reports said that the driver had originally thought Zenneth was asleep, but when he did not respond, the Singapore Civil Defence Force was notified at around 6.55 a.m. He was immediately rushed to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), where he was pronounced dead on the same day.
In an interview with Jennifer Lim, the boy's mother said that Zenneth's death had come as a surprise for everyone. According to her, he had been unwell over the weekend and did not attend school on Monday, but he was healthy and had no pre-existing health problems.
The boy was also taken to two different doctors and it wasn't until after taking the prescription given by the second doctor that he started to feel well enough to go to school.
According to Mrs. Lim, about a week prior to his death, the youngster had repeatedly reminded her to be filial to her mother. She said, "After I had a minor disagreement with my mother, he told me, 'Please be more filial to grandma, don't argue with her, take good care of her."
While Zenneth often empathized with the elderly, she found her son's words odd, saying, "He had never said such things before."
"I think I know why he kept reminding me to be more filial to my mother. Maybe he knew he would be leaving us soon," she added.
Madam Swee, Zenneth's grandmother, on the other hand, had been working at a coffee shop when her husband brought her the sad news. According to her, she had grabbed her 10-year-old granddaughter and rushed to the hospital only to find Zenneth dead.
"My daughter was so consumed by grief that she could barely stand up. Nurses shook their heads sadly when they saw me, and said the medical team had tried their best, but failed to save my grandson," she added.
She also said that she would always remember Zenneth as a loving boy.
"Whenever he saw old people selling tissue paper, he would insist on buying some just to help them," she said, and added, "And every Mother's Day, he would give cards and gifts to both his mother and me."
Zenneth's uncle, who lives with the family, said he will miss his nephew.
The driver, who wanted to be known as Mr. Lim, also said, "Similarly, on Father's Day, he would make cards for both his father and me. He was a very generous boy."
The parents of the other children from the school bus reportedly received an e-mail from the teacher which says that some students “may not be able to cope with the sudden loss of a classmate and a friend” and offer “that listening ear to the boys and provide the emotional support that they need during this difficult time”. The email also asked the parents to monitor their children and see how they were coping.
Zenneth remains were cremated on Thursday, September 1, but the police continue to investigate the unnatural death.