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Bee Hooi Tan

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 19 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1987
  1. Tom Lee

    Bee Hooi Tan, who was fondly known as “Bee,” was a remarkable woman and obtained many achievements in her short life. She was awarded an ASEAN scholarship to complete her A level education in Singapore and a further scholarship by the Australian government to study medicine at the University of Sydney. She then trained in Wales as a senior house officer in anaesthesia for three years. During that time, she achieved both the FRCA and FCARCSI. She was heavily pregnant with her second child when she sat for the primary examination in Dublin. After passing the written part of the exam, she went into labour the following day and passed the viva two days after delivery!

    Bee was legendary and did all those who knew her proud. She returned to Malaysia to raise her two young sons and to work as an anaesthetist at Penang General Hospital. She had aspirations to open the first chronic pain clinic in Penang.

    Over and above her achievements, Bee had a wonderful personality. She was a dedicated mother and a pillar of strength to her family. She was also courageous and optimistic despite her difficult personal circumstances. She was charitable at heart, and in her final moments she donated her organs to help others live. Bee leaves behind her two young sons.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1987


    • Anaesthetist Penang General Hospital, Penang, Malaysia (b 16 August 1971; q Sydney 1997; FRCA, FCARCSI), died on 26 March 2008 from complications of treatment for a complex cerebral arteriovenous malformation in Paris.

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