Today I woke up to read a sad story about a baby's death. Baby had breathing difficulties at a baby fair, she was put on an ambulance that was on standby at the carpark. The ambulance can't get out....why? There was nobody around to raise the car park barrier. So how? In some other place and time people might do the horrid thing of breaking the rules, but not in Singapore - the rules have to be followed at all cost according to our esteemed DPM Wong Kan Seng. To follow the rules, another ambulance was called and the sick child was passed over the barrier to the other ambulance.
The ambulance drivers have been through our education system and know the importance of obeying the rules - despite their all out effort to save the child within the rules, the child did not make it. From the first day of school, they are thought the importance of rules.
Barrier blamed for death
WHEN Christopher Lim, 31, came home from a business trip on Sunday, he walked off the plane to a father's worst nightmare â€“ a wake for an infant son he had yet to see. For almost a month, the telecoms engineer stationed in Nigeria had been waiting to see Ignatius, who was born on Feb 14.
But just hours before he boarded the plane at the airport in Lagos on Saturday, his wife called him with the bad news: Ignatius had died after suddenly turning pale in the face and bleeding from the nose. Officially the infant died from cardio-respiratory failure.
But what pains and angers Lim is whether his son's death could have been prevented.
The ambulance that was to have rushed Ignatius to hospital was held up by a parking barrier at the Singapore Expo that just could not be raised.
A trip to the nearby Changi General Hospital, which should have taken about five minutes, was delayed by about 10 to 15 minutes as the ambulance driver made a frantic but futile bid to get security guards to raise the barrier.
In the end, a second ambulance arrived. The infant was passed over the barrier and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
An anguished Lim said on Wednesday: "It was pure incompetence... and I lost my son because of this"
He said Ignatius was born without any health problems.
On Saturday, his wife, Pauline Lim, 26, who is training to be a nurse, had taken Ignatius and his sister, Theresa, three, to Singapore Expo for a baby show.
While Lim was breastfeeding Ignatius, he suddenly stopped suckling and turned pale, prompting her to yell for help.
A nurse who was there resuscitated the infant on the spot while others called the emergency services.
An ambulance crew stationed in the grounds by the show's organisers responded, but it only got as far as the carpark barrier, which refused to budge. “ The Straits Times / Asia News Network