UPDATE from Yahoo Singapore (25 Apr):
The Changi General Hospital has said that its medical team had not advocated to the family to “pull the plug” and that its doctor’s recommendation to the family was to remove Firdaus’ breathing tube as the patient was assessed to be able to breathe on his own. The hospital said that this is a standard of care for any patient on the ventilator and that this information was also conveyed to the family. This contradicts what a member of the family said. Faiz, the younger brother of Firdaus, told Yahoo Singapore, “The doctors at CGH said he had no hope and advice (sic) my family to pull the plug”.*
Yahoo Singapore, reported the story of Firdaus (28) who was admitted in critical condition earlier this month on 5 April, after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while getting food with his colleagues after working a night shift.
His younger brother, Faiz (24), speaking to the publication explained how Firdaus was brought to Changi General Hospital (CGH) after he collapsed. He was successfully resuscitated after his heart was determined to have stopped for around 40 minutes.
“He was on life support for quite some time. It took him at least five days to open his eyes, but he still remained motionless.” said Faiz.
Faiz was astonished when his brother who was in a coma-like state responded when he played the Liverpool football club’s anthem ‘You Will Never Walk Alone’.
“I know he is a die-hard supporter of Liverpool,” Faiz explained. “The happiest thing to see was that he actually smiled for the first time during his coma and that brought tears of joy to us as a family. It gave us hope and belief.”
Changi Hospital, however, advised the family to pull the plugs on Firdaus. That was when the family sought a second opinion at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and eventually transferred him there.
Although Firdaus still remains unable to talk and can only communicate through facial expressions and tilting his head, he has been moved to SGH’s medical intensive care area – one level down from the intensive care unit.
“I am not sure whether he will make a full recovery. We are waiting every day for progress,” Faiz said.
Faiz said that after the transfer of his brother to SGH, he had the idea of getting in contact with Liverpool. He wrote an email to the club, simply sharing his brother’s plight with them not knowing what kind of response to expect.
To his surprise, two days after he wrote in, Liverpool responded through Chanelle Weightman, a member of their Customer Experience Team.
“I was surprised they actually sent me a personalised certificate with the autographs of all the players and the head coach,” Faiz said.
“They are sweet to send a nice gesture that can make him happy even though he is in that state. Even though I am not a fan, I really am grateful to Liverpool FC,” he added.
Faiz immediately went to print and laminate the certificate, and brought it to his brother in the hospital as a birthday gift. He also showed Firdaus the email exchanges between him and the football club to convince him that the certificate was real.
Faiz recounted: “He read them and looked at me, before giving me a wide smile with teary eyes. He was not able to speak, but the gestures showed that he was beyond happy!”
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