Singaporean dies after US snowboarding accident

Singaporean dies after US snowboarding accident
Ms Davina Huang suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident last month.

AFTER fighting for her life for almost a month following a snowboarding accident in the United States, 25-year-old Singaporean Davina Huang has succumbed to her injuries. The accident on Feb 14 had left her with a traumatic brain injury. She died on Tuesday.

Miss Huang was hospitalised in neurological intensive care in Madison, Wisconsin - a three-hour drive from Chicago where she worked as a financial product consultant.

The former Dunman High School student graduated in 2013 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a degree in international relations-history and took a job with an investment research firm in Chicago.

More than US$54,000 (S$75,000) was raised through a crowdfunding campaign set up by close friends that was originally intended to help her family with medical costs.

The money will now also go towards her funeral costs and charity causes.

These include the mentorship and sponsorship of a nine-year-old Ethiopian girl, Hana, through the Save the Children Foundation, and a kindergarten in Yunnan, China, where Miss Huang volunteered to teach in 2011.

An update on the crowdfunding page yesterday informed friends of Miss Huang's death and thanked people for their support.

"We are currently sorting out the remaining logistics," it said. "We expect to hold a memorial service for Davina.

We will also account for the use of campaign funds, part of which will go toward the medical, funeral, and logistical expenses.

During Davina's time in this world, she was an incredible daughter, soulmate, friend, classmate, mentor, volunteer, mentee, employee, student, and Wellesley sister.

"Her relentless work ethic, passion for her causes and never-ending optimism to improve the world have been - and will continue to be - an inspiration to many of us."

Miss Huang's boyfriend, Mr Goh Kok Keng, said: "We will fondly remember Davina for her laughter, love of life and sense of humour."

hpeishan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Mar 13, 2015.
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