ITE nursing student aids accident victim on expressway
Her instincts kicked in after witnessing an accident.
Miss Siti Aida Juma'at was riding her motorcycle to Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East for an 8am lecture on Aug 13 when she saw the motorbike in front of her swerve to avoid a car on the Tampines Expressway.
Both the motorcyclist and pillion rider were thrown off the motorbike.
Miss Juma'at, 32, stopped to check on them.
The second-year Nitec in Nursing student told The New Paper: "My first thought was to stop and help.
"If I was injured, I would definitely like someone to help me out."
The motorcyclist, Mr Mohammad Yuzri Razali, 34, had minor abrasions while the pillion rider, Madam Siti Fitriah Amran, 31, felt pain and numbness.
Miss Juma'at, who has eight years of experience as a healthcare assistant, laid Madam Amran down after assessing her motor responses and held her in supine position for around 30 minutes until the ambulance arrived.
The position helped prevent spine injury.
She also constantly reassured and conversed with Madam Amran to prevent her from losing consciousness.
Madam Amran, a senior patient service associate, told TNP: "(She) held my head in position and comforted me until the ambulance came.
"My husband was panicking then, so she really prevented my condition from worsening."
She added: "I actually felt pain in my shoulders and leg, but she immobilised me well and I am hence now able to return to work.
"I shared her good deed on Facebook as I want to recognise her efforts for stopping, helping and staying with me.
"She did the right thing."
Miss Juma'at contacted Madam Amran later that day and was relieved to find out her injuries were not severe.
She was shocked the Facebook post went viral.
She did not expect to receive gratitude and praise from other social media users.
She said: "I hope this can help change the public's perspectives of ITE students for the better, and for people to not just focus on the negative stereotypes."