'He fought death all the way'

The man known as the father of Singapore taekwon-do lost his final battle on Wednesday morning.

But the 72-year-old had fought his illness with all the dignity and tenacity that his beloved martial art had imbued him with.

Grandmaster B S Huan, whose full name is Huan Beng Seng, died from urosepsis, an infection of the urine tract.

His health had deteriorated after he suffered a stroke in 2010, said his daughter, Ms Anjanette Huan, 38.

After that, he had difficulty walking and was wheelchair-bound.

He developed the infection last year and also had diabetes and high blood pressure.

Every month, he spent a week in hospital undergoing treatment for this condition.

Ms Huan, also a taekwon-do instructor, said: "He was in and out of hospital for two years.

"There were times when the doctors said he wouldn't make it. But he fought death all the way and won every time."

After his stroke, Mr Huan had lived with his daughter's family in a four-room flat in Pasir Ris.

On Monday morning, he had developed a fever and Ms Huan called an ambulance.

He was taken to Changi General Hospital (CGH), where doctors attended to him.

On Tuesday evening, Ms Huan received a call from the hospital saying that the infection had spread to the rest of his body.

She said: "His oxygen levels were low and he was not responding to treatment. The doctors told us to prepare for the worst."

Mr Huan's wife, four children and seven grandchildren went to CGH to say a final farewell.

Said his youngest son, Aaron, 33: "He clenched his fists and he kept breathing deeply, still fighting for his life.

Ms Huan added: "At first, I told him that I wanted to be able to take him home. But after seeing his condition, I decided that I had to let him go in peace.

"I told him that I didn't want him to suffer. It was then that his muscles slackened and he left us."

Mr Huan died at about 3.30am yesterday.

His wake is now at the bottom of Block 476, Pasir Ris Drive 6, and his funeral will be held on Saturday.

His family remembers him as a family man who loved animals. He was also a devout Catholic.

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