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Terence was a healthy man who enjoyed outdoor sports. At the prime of his youth, he had a bright future ahead having graduated with a diploma in interior design. He was serving his last lap in national service and got a job offer when a virus struck his brain.
It was 1997 and then 23, Terence was training to run in a marathon for charity. He had been training two nights in a row when he suddenly felt unwell. He had a very bad headache followed by high fever. Terence went to see the doctor twice over the next two days but the symptoms did not subside. On the third day, he fell into a coma and was rushed to the hospital.
Terence remained in a coma for more than 10 days before he regained consciousness. Although awake, he lost his memory, speech and almost all his functional abilities. He was diagnosed with viral encephalitis and stayed in the hospital for 18 months before he was discharged.
Terence enrolled in SPD’s Day Activity Centre in 2008 where he is now training to perform his activities of daily living independently. Through structured learning programmes at the DAC, Terence’s speech has improved tremendously and he is now able to take small steps with assistance.