somehow, i thought of lionel ritchie's hit song when i read about the passing of heart-transplant girl tee hui yi. her heart failure had been initially & temporarily managed with a mechanical heart. the battery which operated it looked like a trolley bag which she lugged around with her. she then had a heart transplant in 2007 which failed. she was extremely fortunate to have found another donor heart within 24 hours & the 2nd transplant had kept her alive till yesterday.
technically, she had lived 3 lives & captured the imagination of the nation with her grit & determination to live. she's truly one tough lady!
And now that we've come
To the end of our rainbow
I must say out loud
You're once twice
Three times a lady.
i hope that you will be remembered for your courage & tenacity to beat the odds, more than the pseudo-heroes we were led to worship, like the space traveller, channel swimmers & mountain climbers.
hui yi, may you rest in peace.