She's 13, and mum and dad to siblings

Vivian Lim, 13 (bespectacled) with her younger siblings sitting near the wake of her father at the void deck of Block 627, Woodlands Avenue 6. Her father, Mr Lim Guang Chin, died when his motorcycle collided with a bus on the Tampines Expressway on February 24, 2013. On th right, Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam at the wake on February 27 with his wife, Sita.

SINGAPORE - She's only 13, but has to be mother and father to her three younger siblings.

In just two months, they lost both parents, one to cancer, and the other in a road accident.

But the eldest child and only daughter, who is in Secondary 1, had promised her parents that she would take over their parenting roles.

Her plan: Study hard and get a good job so that she can bring up the family herself.

Vivian Lim's mother, Madam Wang Shu Rong, 29, died in December last year from colon cancer, after fighting it for two years.

On Sunday, a second disaster struck.

The children's father, Mr Lim Guang Chin, 34, died when his motorcycle collided with a bus on the Tampines Expressway just after midnight.

He was cremated on Friday.

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