01 The Write Elements: April 2015

Friday, 17 April 2015

First Accident I Covered!!

Okay, you're not supposed to be totally happy with accidents, but considering this was my first and there was no death... yay? Plus it was the first accident I did - not the last of course - and I remember clearly calling the different hotlines, going up and down the HDB block to get witnesses (who don't all speak English ARGH) and taking pictures of the scene. 

She was crying, with
in her mouth

Six passengers injured when two SBS buses crash at Tampines Avenue 1
A collision between two SBS service number 15 buses in Tampines yesterday morning left six passengers injured.
Five adult passengers were taken to Changi General Hospital while a girl was taken to KK Women and Children’s Hospital, an SBS Transit spokesman told TNP.
IT business analyst Leomar Garcia, 41, tipped TNP off about the accident, which happened at about 8.30am, through an e-mail. The accident happened in Tampines Avenue 1, near Temasek Polytechnic.
The Singapore permanent resident was on his way to work in one of the buses and was about to get off when it collided with the bus in front of it.
Mr Garcia said: “I was flung forwards and bumped my knees against a metal board. I lost my balance, but managed to hold on to a railing.
“For the first few seconds, everybody was in shock. They checked themselves to see if they were hurt and after about a minute, everyone checked with other passengers.
“That was how we saw a woman (with) lots of blood in her mouth. And she was crying.”
The woman, whose face had hit the seat in front, was bleeding profusely from her mouth and her top was covered with blood.
Mr Garcia and another passenger at- tended to her and a woman who sat in front went to the back to offer her hand- kerchief and help.
The impact of the crash was so great the windscreen of the bus was shattered. Mr Garcia called for an ambulance and the two bus drivers got out of their vehicles to talk to each other.
Mr Garcia said that the driver returned to the bus after a few minutes and noticed the injured passengers.
He got his first-aid kit and attended to the woman bleeding from the mouth.
An ambulance arrived seven minutes after Mr Garcia’s call.
Paramedics checked the passengers before they left the bus, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
In a statement to TNP, Ms Tammy Tan, senior vice-president of corporate communications with SBS Transit, said: “We are sorry that this accident happened. Our immediate concern is for the well-being of the six passengers who were taken to hospital.
“Our staff have been at the hospitals since this morning to extend care and concern to the injured. Five received outpatient treatment.
“We are rendering assistance to all of them as best as we can. We apologise to all our commuters who were affected by the accident.” 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Not Taking Life For Granted

Putting my byline in as I also took the photos hahaha
That aside, it was one of the best memories I made. Simply because I had the most amazing stories from her - which came only at night rather than me (and every other reporter out there) talking to her during the press conference (which was my first too!) - that no other publication had. 
That's what I wanted to do for so long: bring out those amazing stories.

Report & photos by JADE TEO
Through her 30 years as a nurse, she’s felt the highs and lows of life — from the joy of patients’ recovery, to the depths of grief over their deaths.
And through it all, she has strived to always get better at the art of nursing, especially for women and refugees.
For her stellar contributions in that arena, Dr Subadhra Devi Rai, 51, will be the first Singapore- an to receive the 2015 International Achievement Award given by the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF).
The Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Health Sciences (Nursing) senior lecturer’s journey to receiving the award has been a lifetime of eye-opening — sometimes heart-breaking — experiences.
In replying to queries from The New Paper, Dr Rai, who holds a PhD in Population Health from the University of Alberta, Canada, shared two an- ecdotes that span the spectrum of emotions.
In the first incident, a young pregnant woman had to have a C-section and because of complications, died on the table while her baby was delivered.
“It is something I will never forget. We all cried that day,” she said of the incident when she was working in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit in New Westminster, Canada.
“It taught me the importance of not taking life for granted.”
In another case, one patient had become gradually paralysed after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease.
The patient could not do anything for herself ex- cept blink. But she recovered and walked out of the hospital. 
“It was then that it dawned on me how remark- able the human body is and the will of the human spirit to live,” said Dr Rai. 

She is a shining example of how nurses can make a difference, affect change and influence policy.
— Associate Professor
Lim Swee Hia, president
of the Singapore Nurses Association, on Dr Subadhra Devi Rai
“The fact that she knew we were doing our best to care for her and she got better, was reward in it- self...
“These moments are the most satisfying. You feel all the difficult points in the journey were nothing but a blot,” she said.
“You feel that you want to fly — the joy of seeing that your care made a difference.”
At 18, Dr Rai, was inspired by the story of Florence Nightingale to take up nursing but said her
true role models were her parents, who have both died. Her father taught her that anyone could help at any time and helping others did not require a lot of effort. She modelled herself after that belief.
Nursing has given her the structure to assist others in a meaningful way, she said.
Dr Rai, who is single, started working in an intensive care unit after her general nursing training. She furthered her studies in Canada and also worked there as a researcher at the Edmonton Centre for Survivors of Torture and Trauma.
She then joined the Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment as a coordinator in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and later worked on a project that aided the health of repatriated refugees from the Thai-Myanmar border back to Myanmar.
The ICN is recognising her exceptional work internationally in the health of women and refugees.
“I feel really humbled,” she said.
Ms Judith Shamian, president of the ICN’s FNIF, said: “Subadhra Rai has shown dedication in providing nursing care to vulnerable populations since the beginning of her career.”
The award is given to a mid-career practicing nurse who is influencing nursing at the international level.
Dr Rai will be presented the award at the ICN Conference on June 21 in Seoul, South Korea.