Bouquets

Memorable trip to Pulau Ubin

Despite the difficulties of having a physically challenged woman like me make a trip to Pulau Ubin, special arrangements were made to fulfil my wish on June 26 ("Pulau Ubin's not a problem for wheelchair users"; June 27).

Early that morning, the driver of SMRT taxi number SHF418C came knocking on my door.

He waited for me, my mother and household helper to prepare ourselves for the ride.

At the end of the event, another taxi was arranged to take us home.

I thank the drivers for being very patient and helpful.

I salute the Republic of Singapore Navy crew members who helped us put on life jackets and paved a smooth path for our trip to the island.

I also want to say a big thank you to volunteer Benjamin Tan, who patiently accompanied me throughout the event.

The whole visit, by 100 wheelchair users, involved a lot of manpower, planning and logistics, so I would like to put on record my thanks to the event's organiser and all those who helped in one way or another.

Chuan Chen (Ms)


Student nurse stays calm under pressure

On July 8, I was travelling on SMRT bus service 980 when a young Malay man on board shouted to the driver that there was a passenger who had collapsed.

Within seconds, the passenger, a big-sized, middle-aged man, was convulsing and seemed about to lose consciousness.

Luckily, there was a nurse - Miss Sonia Simon - on board and she called for an ambulance.

Miss Sonia and the young Malay man laid the stricken man down on the bus floor so that she could administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man.

After several minutes with no success, we had one of the young man's friends run across to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), which was nearby, to call an ambulance over.

In the meantime, a group of three young KKH nurses passed us and I called out to them to say we needed more help.

The nurses rushed on board and took over the CPR.

Eventually, an ambulance arrived and the man was taken away.

The biggest credit from this whole episode should go to the young man and Miss Sonia for how they assisted each other in helping the collapsed man.

I found out only later that Miss Sonia is a third-year Nanyang Polytechnic student currently on attachment at KKH.

This was her first real-life situation, though she has undergone the training.

She represents the kind of young people that we hope to nurture for a better tomorrow.

Ng Gek Noi (Miss)


Help for grandchild stuck on escalator

On a recent trip to Tampines Mall, my granddaughter had her long skirt caught in one of the escalators.

As I tried to pull out the stuck skirt, other people - of various races - came forward to help.

Someone even stopped the escalator from moving to assist in pulling out the part of the skirt that was stuck.

I am thankful to all the kind and helpful people who came forward to assist without being asked. I am proud to be part of multi-racial Singapore.

Zaren Othman

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2015, with the headline 'Bouquets'. Print Edition | Subscribe