Man dies after suffering heart attack at Woodlands bus stop

A man, 74, suffered a heart attack at around 11am at a bus stop near Block 764 Woodlands Circle, and passed away in hospital on the same day (Oct 14) at about 2pm.

Facebook user Edi Blacksheep, the son-in-law of the elderly man, posted a picture on Facebook of an off-duty paramedic helping him at a bus stop.

Stomp reached out to Edi, who said: "My wife and I were on the way to Johor Bahru, when we received a call from our youngest son, telling us that my father-in-law had called him to inform him he was sick.

"My son told us that my father-in-law was at the bus stop closest to our block, and that a paramedic was with him. We immediately rushed over there."

The man had called his grandson saying he was feeling unwell, while he was on the bus from Woodlands Bus Interchange heading back home.

According to Edi's son, the man was hard of breathing when he was on the bus. 

The off-duty paramedic, who was on the same bus as the man, was going home after a shift and noticed him struggling to breathe.

He spoke to the man and helped him out of the bus.

While this was happening, Edi was driving to the bus stop with his wife.

Edi said that when they reached the bus stop, Haziq, the off-duty paramedic was massaging his father's back.

"I am a fitness instructor, so I know how the body works. When I saw Haziq massaging my father-in-law, I knew he was showing signs of a heart attack," Edi added.

Edi called the ambulance, as Haziq continued massaging the man.

In response to a Stomp query, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said: "SCDF received a call for medical assistance at Block 764 Woodlands Circle at about 11.10am.

"A man was conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital."

Edi gave Haziq, who lived at a block nearby, a ride back home before rushing to the hospital while his wife accompanied his father-in-law in the ambulance.

According to Edi's wife, his father-in-law started vomiting upon reaching the hospital at around 12pm.

About an hour later, at about 1pm, Edi and his wife received a call from the hospital staff saying that they were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man.

Edi and his wife were at the hospital when the man passed away an hour later at about 2.20pm of a heart attack. 

Edi said: "I am grateful to Haziq for trying his best to help my father-in-law. I just want to send my gratitude to him in any way I can."