Bertrand Lee gets back to making films again

Bertrand Lee gets back to making films again

SINGAPORE - Five years ago, Mr Bertrand Lee was not sure he wanted children.

"How am I supposed to be a father? Other people can teach their children how to cycle, do stuff. What if my children ask, 'Why is my father different from other people?'" he said then in an interview.

The angst was understandable. Three years earlier, in 2005, a massive 2-tonne lorry mowed him down while he was taking pictures of the Indian Ocean at a seaside promenade in Mumbai.

Then an up-and-coming film-maker and director of TV commercials, he survived the accident but lost his left leg, which was amputated right up to his pelvic bone. He now wears a prosthetic.

For a while, his life was a heap of crumbled dreams. There were big question marks: Did it mean the end of a career which had just started to take flight, could he have children, would he lead a normal life?

Thankfully, many of these doubts have subsided. His life has largely mended, just like his right leg, which was mangled in the accident. Although marred by an unsightly mass of scar tissue, the limb is healthy and serves him well.

Similarly, Mr Lee, 36, has picked up the pieces of a life shattered.

Four years ago he married businesswoman Janice Fong, who stood by him after the accident. He found a job teaching film-making at Temasek Polytechnic. He started making commercials again and is now raising funds and developing his first feature film.

Three years ago, he also became a father.

Little Kayla looks like him. She is gregarious, loves to swim and is now grappling with phonics.

"I swim with her, and I read a lot to her. She is too young to understand what happened to me; she just says, 'Daddy, you only have one leg.' But she's always known me this way; she doesn't think I'm disabled."

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