Doctor who gave first aid to woman in freak train accident hailed a hero » Manila Bulletin News



By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren

A medical intern from Polomok, South Cotabato, was hailed as a hero for administering first-aid to a female passenger whose right arm was severed in a freak accident at the Ayala Station of the Metro Rail Transit 2 on Tuesday.

DOTr Undresecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez demonstrates how Ms. Angeline Fernando’s arm was cut yesterday, November 14, 2017 at the Ayala Station of MRT-3. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu)

Dr. Charlie Jandic, a post-graduate intern at the Chinese General Hospital, said she was among the passengers who alighted from the Ayala station-northbound with Angeline Fernando.

It was her first time at the station, so she stayed for a while to get familiar with the area.
While on her way out, Jandic heard a loud sound impact which she thought was nothing.

Afterwards, she heard people crying for help.

Jandic went back to the platform area and saw Angeline lying in between the railing and the platform floor.

Security guards and some passengers who had responded to Angeline, carried her to the platform floor.

Alert, Jandic instructed the guards to get an ambulance stretcher and a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding. A policeman gave his belt while a passenger gave her cardigan.

While administering first aid and checking on the extent of the woman’s injury, Jandic instructed Angeline not to panic and to keep awake. She was brought to the clinic to wait for the rescue teams to arrive. The team immediately rushed Angeline to the hospital.

Jandic said Angeline complained of pain and a feeling of numbness in her arm.

When she learned that she had been highly praised by the public and was proclaimed a “hero,” Jandic said: “I don’t really consider it as something heroic. The way I see it, anyone with appropriate medical training would have done the same in the same situation.”

Angeline was brought to the Makati City Medical Center where doctors were successful in reattaching her severed arm, 11 hours after the accident.

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