Teen dies suddenly in truth or dare game

Photo above: Jie Ying’s parents,who were at the mortuary, could not come to terms with their daughter’s sudden death.

She was playing a game of "truth or dare?" with her friends on Saturday night at the open space on the third level of Vivo City.

In the game, each person would have to answer a personal question or do a "dare" - anact that is requested of himor her.

But in the middle of the game, 16-year-old Chen Jie Ying suddenly fainted.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed on her and she was rushed to Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

But she could not be revived, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

Jie Ying's death was so sudden that her mother refused to accept that her daughter was dead.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, she waited at SGH from 10pm to 4am the next day, hoping a miracle would happen and that her daughter would wake up.

Jie Ying had joined her friends around 9pm that night.

The student, who would be in Secondary 5 next year, had just finished her shift at a supermarket in Jurong.

History of fainting

History of fainting

According to the 16-year-old's cousin, administrative officer Chen Mei Fang, 39, this was not the first time she had fainted.

"Since she turned 12, she has had three such incidents of suddenly passing out."

"On all three occasions, the doctors at the hospital were unable to identify the cause," she said.

Jie Ying's family initially thought this time would be no different.

"We didn't think she would pass away just like that," said Ms Chen.

According to Ms Chen, Jie Ying had always been a considerate daughter.

To help with the family's expenses, Jie Ying had taken up the part-time job at the supermarket.

Jie Ying's father is the sole breadwinner in the family of five.

Other members of the family are sick, according to Lianhe Wanbao.

His meagre salary was barely enough to cover the family's expenses.

Having their utilities cut off was common, said Ms Chen.

Jie Ying would have been preparing for her O levels next year.

Said Ms Chen: "Even though shewas not particularly good in her studies, she had her own aspirations - to be a lawyer like one of her male cousins."

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