|The Cardiac-arrest Girl Saved in Conde São Januário Central Hospital |
Girl’s heartbeat paused for about 30 minutes, and rescued in the Conde São
Januário Central Hospital’s Emergency Room.
Mr. Leong, the girl’s elder brother
Kuok Cheong U
Lei Sio Peng (left side) and Chang Tam Fei
(Macau Daily News) Recently, a young girl fainted at the school’s
athletic meets, and her heart stopped beating for about half an hour, she was
then immediately transported from the island to Conde São Januário
Central Hospital (CHCSJ). After a long 30 hours of meticulous efforts by the
professional medical teams at the ER and ICU, the girl was miraculously saved
from the rim of death, and regained consciousness. Family members and medical
staff jumped up ecstatically, and the lengthy efficient process of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation should equally be commended.
Cardiac arrest for about half an hour
According to Kuok Cheong U, Director of the Conde São
Januário Central Hospital, Dr. Lei Sio Peng, an internal medicine consultant
of the intensive care unit, and Dr. Chang Tam Fei, the emergency room specialist,
elaborated the incident in detail: An 18-year old female patient was admitted
to the hospital at around 5:00 p.m. on the 1st of the month. The report indicated
that the girl’s heartbeat had temporarily stopped at her school’s athletic meets.
The death rate is relatively high when patients suffered from cardiac arrest
outside of a hospital, and in this particular case, the girl was very fortunate
to have the Red Cross personnel performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on
her. She was found no signs of life upon arrival at the hospital, and estimated
that her heart might have been paused for about 20 minutes. Members of the ER
applied vigorous rescue efforts for ten minutes until the girl regained heartbeats,
and after a series of critical treatments, including hypothermia, then, in the
night before, she finally repossessed consciousness. With the following thirty
long hours of stressful struggling, the frontline medical staff successfully
recaptured the girl’s precious life from the rim of death and they were very
much inspired by this.
To practice self-saving and saving others with first aid
As of yesterday, the girl was in stable condition, and able
to recognize her family members, classmates and teachers, and able to eat on
her own. Last night, she might be transferred from ICU to the cardiology department
for further observation, and will be discharged when fully recovered. It was
crucial that timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed, during transporting
the girl to the hospital. Not long ago, someone collapsed suddenly inside the
Shek Pai Wan health center, and the staff on duty applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation,
and sent the patient to the hospital for further treatments; and in other incidents,
numerous Marathon runners were also saved by cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The Health Bureau persists in high emphasis on publicity and education, to provide
training to the Red Cross, schools and institutions, so as to encourage residents
to learn saving themselves as well as saving others.
Mr. Leong, the girl’s elder brother, revealed that his sister
had regular exercises and without any illnesses. That day was her school’s athletic
meets, and his sister fainted after completing a 4 X 100 meters relay race.
Mr. Leong, and his mother were almost collapsed when the bad news reached them,
and rushed to the hospital immediately. To their great relief, his sister was
resuscitated by the professional medical crew. The entire family expressed their
deepest gratitude to all employees of the CHCSJ and the tremendous assistance
received from the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau.