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A 56-year-old woman who suffered a heart attack while having her dinner at a coffeeshop at Block 892C Woodlands Drive 50 on Tuesday (July 24) was saved thanks to three helpful passers-by.
The woman’s husband said that she had suddenly fainted and become unresponsive during the meal.
Fortunately, two men and a woman who were close by came to the rescue.
Stomp understands that of the trio, at least the woman had the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) myResponder app installed on her phone.
The app alerts users of close proximity to cases of cardiac arrest.
One of the passers-by who helped, Mark Lim, 32, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the woman for seven minutes, reports The Straits Times.
According to a Facebook post by the son of the woman, 38-year-old Mr Stanley Ng, two other passers-by also chipped in to help, including a female jogger and another man in an SMRT uniform.
Mr Ng said that the man had even sustained injuries on his hand while breaking a glass panel to retrieve an automated external defibrillator (AED) located at a nearby Housing and Development Board (HDB) block.
After retrieving the AED, the female jogger then used the AED on Mr Ng’s mother, which analysed her cardiac rhythms and applied electric shocks to start her heart.
Mr Ng wrote that he was informed that his mother would survive and he wished to look for the three passers-by to express his gratitude to them.
Stomp understands that two of the passers-by been identified by the authorities, leaving the man in the SMRT uniform. Stomp is thus helping to look for this SMRT staffer.
Mr Ng also told Lianhe Wanbao that his mother had been hospitalised for cardiovascular disease in February this year.
In response to media queries, the SCDF said that it was alerted to the case at Block 892C Woodlands Drive 50 at 6.40pm.
The woman was unconscious when she was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for treatment.