SINGAPORE - Soon after his horrific accident, even as he was coping with the pain of having lost three of his limbs, he had set his sights on regaining a normal life.
Yesterday, 31-year-old Jason Chee took a giant step towards his goal. He returned to the Republic of Singapore Navy as an operations supervisor at the Changi Naval Base.
It has been nearly 18 months since the navy serviceman was caught between a motorised winch and a berthing rope while doing a routine check on board a warship.
The gruesome accident claimed both legs, his left arm and three fingers of his right hand.
But Mr Chee, who holds the rank of Military Expert 2 in the navy, fought hard for his life and pulled through.
In his new role, he will be helping navy units to craft and plan their training requirements.
"I'm happy and excited to be back at work. In fact, I've been counting down to this day," he told My Paper.
"Before my accident, I was working on a ship. I loved to be on ship and to sail. I'll have to start all over again, but I'll just have to do it."
Even though his desk job is markedly different from his previous vocation as a weapons systems supervisor, Mr Chee has been looking forward to returning to work and has prepared himself for it.
"I made sure that my motorised wheelchair is fully charged before leaving my house for work, my navy uniform is ready, and I got my notebook and pen ready to jot down notes," he said.