SINGAPORE - Her lessons learnt in the classroom were put to the test.
Ms Alessandra Connie Leong, a final-year nursing student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, swung into action and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a motorcyclist who was involved in an accident along Braddell Road on Tuesday morning.
It was the first time the 19-year- old was performing CPR on someone, apart from previous practices in hospital, according to Shin Min Daily News who spoke to her.
She was one of the first on the scene, having alighted at a bus stop nearby on the way to school.
When she saw the 38-year-old motorcyclist, she realised that he already had no pulse and was not breathing, so she immediately performed CPR on him.
"The first four to six minutes after the accident is a precious window of time... I just remembered that 'if in doubt, perform CPR first'," Ms Leong told Shin Min Daily News.
She added that she was disappointed she did not manage to save the victim.
The motorcyclist died after apparently hitting his head against a lamp post after he lost control of his motorcycle.
"I am very sad that I could not save him... If I had reached earlier, the outcome could be different," she said.
While many praised her for her bravery, there were some who flamed her online, saying she acted rashly without knowing the full extent of the victim's injuries.
"I bet the rider had lots of broken bones and ribs... I hope (she) checked... If not she might have killed him instead," said one netizen who wrote on citizen journalism portal Stomp.
The victim's family members, however, were grateful to her for attempting to save his life.
Said his younger sister: "Although my brother still died eventually, she doesn't need to feel guilty. We know she did her best."
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