SAF medic who helped save motionless baby at Somerset MRT commended

Mr Chua Sen Yan was presented a letter of commendation by SMRT Corporation's director of station operations, Mr Siu Yow Wee.
Mr Chua Sen Yan was presented a letter of commendation by SMRT Corporation's director of station operations, Mr Siu Yow Wee.PHOTO: THE SINGAPORE ARMY

SINGAPORE - A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medic who helped save a motionless baby at Somerset MRT station earlier this year has been presented with a letter of commendation.

Mr Chua Sen Yan was about to board a train on Feb 13 when he heard a public announcement asking for medical assistance.

The Military Expert 2 approached the station control room and saw the station manager carrying a motionless baby boy. The boy's mother was sobbing alongside.

According to a post on Facebook by SAF on Sunday (June 25), Mr Chua cradled the baby - whose lips had turned blue - in his arms and cleared the airway obstruction by applying blows between his shoulder blades.

"His quick response and proficient medical aid saved the child's life," the post said.

Mr Chua was presented a letter of commendation by SMRT Corporation's director of station operations, Mr Siu Yow Wee.

Three SMRT workers in March were earlier commended for their quick reaction in the same incident.

Security officer Punitha noticed the mother and child crying and informed station manager William Koh and assistant station manager Kuldip Kaur.

 

"William quickly carried the baby from the mother while Ms Kuldip made a public service announcement to seek professional help," SMRT said in a previous post.

They later advised the mother to take the child, who turned a year old in March, to the nearest hospital for further checks.

Mr Kelvin Wong, the father of the baby boy, thanked everyone who came forward to help.

"At that point in time, my wife did not know who to approach but these people came forward to help," said Mr Wong. "They were very professional and we really appreciate it."