The second planned surgery on 21 December 2019 for PTE Joshua Quek to stabilise his cervical spine was successful and without complications. The cervical spine injury sustained by PTE Quek had resulted in neurological deficits including weakness of his upper and lower limbs. Some partial recovery of motor functions has taken place since the second surgery, but PTE Quek will require continued rehabilitation and physiotherapy for long term recovery as well as to reduce the damage from the injury.
PTE Quek is currently breathing without assistance, conscious, alert and conversing with his family at the hospital. Chief Commando Officer Colonel (COL) Kenny Tay visited and spoke with PTE Quek and his family at the hospital. He said, "Joshua is a dedicated soldier who has always given his best. We will give our fullest support to him and his family while he recovers from his injuries."
The family appreciates the concern shown by members of the public but have again requested that their privacy be respected, so that they can focus fully on helping PTE Quek in his recovery.
MINDEF and the SAF will continue to render full assistance to PTE Quek and his family, and will arrange for PTE Quek's return to Singapore when he is medically fit to do so.