Accident, financial woes only make two PSLE students stronger

Accident, financial woes only make two PSLE students stronger
Madam Siti Habsah and her daughter Safi Arinah. Photo: Don Wong
Published: 4:02 AM, November 22, 2014
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SINGAPORE — What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. For Safi Arinah Sa’ad, who survived a hit-and-run accident and brain surgery, that age-old saying is certainly true. And she has the stitches — all 29 of them — to prove it.

During the June holidays, Safi Arinah and her family were on their way back from visiting her grandparents in Malaysia when the car they were travelling in was hit by a lorry.

The impact of the accident flung Safi Arinah and her siblings out of the car, leaving her with a blood clot in her brain.

One brain surgery, 29 stitches, a partially shaved head and several weeks later, Safi Arinah returned to school a week after the July term began, more determined than ever to give the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) her all.

However, playing catch-up was an uphill struggle for the West Grove Primary School student, who suffered from lingering side effects brought on by the accident.

“Sometimes I (get) headaches (when) I’m in school, so usually my teachers understand and … (let me) take a rest for a while.

“If I’m at home, sometimes I cannot take it, so I will take painkillers,” said Safi Arinah, who has two CCAs in Art and Brownies.

Still, Safi Arinah pushed through with resilience and determination, sacrificing recess to revise with her teachers and staying back after school to study with friends.

Her efforts paid off and Safi Arinah scored 204 for her PSLE. Even though the score was lower than the 220 Safi Arinah was hoping for to enter the Express Stream in Hua Yi Secondary School, the Girl Guides enthusiast and her family are happy.

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