Touched by kindness of strangers

Touched by kindness of strangers

I am an 83-year-old reasonably fit retiree who recently visited his son and daughter-in-law in Singapore.

As my son and I were walking into Newton MRT station one day, I tripped and fell, hitting my head on a concrete step.

Passers-by immediately rushed to my aid. A woman helped my son to position me on my side.

Blood was everywhere and a couple of women offered tissues to stanch the flow.

Another woman called for an ambulance, while a man ran into the station to seek first aid help.

Everyone worked feverishly and waited with me until the ambulance arrived. No one hesitated to help.

The ambulance took me to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where the emergency staff set to work stitching up my wound and running tests to ensure I did not have brain damage.

I spent one night in the hospital and can only say that the staff were simply fantastic and did everything to make a difficult time and experience tolerable.

My son and I will long remember the kindness and concern of those strangers.

Peter Leadbetter


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