Singapore

Soldier performs first aid on elderly cyclist after accident

Master Sergeant (MSG) Harinderjit Singh was driving his daughter to school on the morning of July 9 when he pulled over after noticing an elderly man lying motionless on the road.

There was a pool of blood around the man's head. A bicycle lay metres away from him.

MSG Singh rushed to the man and administered first aid, which may have saved his life.

"My first thought was to immediately render assistance to the individual who was lying motionless on the road," MSG Singh, 39, told The Straits Times yesterday.

Last month, ST reported that the police were alerted to the accident at the junction of Still Road and Changi Road involving a bicycle and motorcycle at 6.17am.

Mr Md Ali Yakeen Shah, the 81-year-old cyclist, was unconscious when taken to Changi General Hospital but is now recovering in hospital.

He was hospitalised in the intensive care unit for about two weeks after undergoing emergency surgery due to internal bleeding from his head injury.

An Aug 14 article posted on a Singapore Army website said MSG Singh also managed the flow of traffic and enlisted the help of three onlookers to call for an ambulance and the police.

He attributed his ability to handle the situation calmly to his military training.

"Our army training requires us to deal with various forms of operations," he said.

After dropping off his six-year-old daughter at school, MSG Singh went to the hospital to check on Mr Ali.

He later met Mr Ali's daughter, Ms Darasiah Md Ali, and helped her liaise with the police.

MSG Singh continued to visit Mr Ali in hospital.

In the article, Ms Darasiah said her family was grateful.

"A thousand thanks will never be enough to reciprocate the help he extended to my dad."

When contacted last night, the police said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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