The Singapore Army in its Facebook shared the story of two of its soldiers who helped a woman who was found unconscious along Lim Chu Kang Road.
In recounting what happened on 20 Apr at around 2pm, the Army said that LTA Aravin Jonathan and 3SG Muhammad Syazwan from the 2nd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (2 SIR) were heading back to camp in the vehicle after completing an exercise when they noticed the woman lying on the road.
3SG Syazwan was first to notice the woman by the roadside as they were driving along Lim Chu Kang Road. He however could not stop the vehicle in time to render help. That was when LTA Aravin stepped-in and made the decision to immediately turn back and provide aid to the woman.
“We were on a safety vehicle and had access to safety stores and a stretcher. What’s more, 3SG Syazwan was a medical specialist”, explained LTA Aravin on why he made that decision.
The soldiers brought the woman to a bus stop where they provided first-aid treatment for her. A passer-by also assisted by calling for Singapore Civil Defence Force’s paramedics. As 3SG Syazwan had medical training, he briefed the paramedics of the situation and worked with them over the phone to administer help.
The woman who had passed out, Siti Aishah, could not remember the help that was rendered to her by the national servicemen on her birthday. She had left the nearby cemetery and was walking out to the bus stop along Lim Chu Kang Road when she felt dizzy and passed out.
Aishah said that he was prone to fainting spells and had passed out in public places before, but never in an area as deserted and isolated as Lim Chu Kang Road. She regained consciousness in the hospital and was subsequently warded for 2 days.
“I fainted at the right place, at the right time” she said in jest.
In describing how LTA Aravin and 3SG Syazwan went to the aid of Miss Siti Aishah on 20 Apr, the Army said:
“This is not just a story of what happened that day and how both of them provided emergency medical aid to Miss Siti Aishah who had passed out along Lim Chu Kang Road. It is, more importantly, a story of how the strength of one’s heart and mind can inspire courage to prevail over fear and uncertainty!”