Saved by incense paper

Saved by incense paper

The victim was bleeding profusely and injured so badly that bone was showing on his foot after a road accident.

In a show of ingenuity, a stack of incense paper was used as a makeshift bandage to stem the bleeding.

The "bandage" was surprisingly resilient and lasted until paramedics arrived.

The accident happened at Geylang Lorong 27A on Sunday at around 4.30pm when a motorcycle hit the open door of a car that had just stopped on the right of the one-way street.

The car passenger, known only as Mr Lin, told Lianhe Wanbao that he had opened the door and was about to get out when the accident occurred.

"The motorcyclist, who was wearing slippers, had his foot sliced open by the edge of the door," he said. The wound was about 4cm long and he called for an ambulance.

A 55-year-old businessman, who wanted to be known only as Mr Wang, rushed over to help the injured victim, who had a woman pillion rider.

"I closed my eyes and massaged his chest and head until he calmed down," he said.

FIRST AID

Mr Wang said that when he opened his eyes, Mr Lin was trying to apply first aid to the wound.

"After checking that the victim was not religious, he pressed a stack of incense paper against the wound to stem the bleeding," Mr Wang said.

The victim was in severe pain throughout the ordeal. His female companion looked to be in shock and held his hand until the ambulance arrived and took him to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

The motor-cyclist, who was wearing slippers, had his foot ripped open by the edge of the door. - The car passenger, Mr Lin, on how the vicim was injured


This article was first published on July 15, 2014.
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