A life saved during Typhoon Vicente by teams of dedicated, unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:49pm


I had a miscarriage on the night when Typhoon Vicente hit Hong Kong. I suffered from acute pain and severe bleeding for hours. At 1.30am, my husband and I decided he would drive me to my hospital, the Adventist, despite typhoon signal No 9 having been hoisted.

Access to Adventist was blocked by fallen trees. Branches were stuck under our car and visibility was low. We decided to drive to the nearest hospital, which was a public one.

I was immediately seen, handled and then sent to another public hospital in Chai Wan (which had an on-duty gynaecologist) by an ambulance during signal No 10.

After reading Kenneth Davey's letter ('Bosses who won't let staff off early during typhoons help create commuter panic', July 27) and his point that we should be thankful for pilots, policemen and firemen during the typhoon, I felt compelled to share my story. What he pointed out was very true. My life was kept safe by some of these unsung heroes.

During the ambulance trip to Chai Wan, my ambulance driver was kept up to date by the minute through his communication system about the many fallen trees, and remained aware of my husband following in his car.

In short, all the public ambulance staff, nurses and other hospital staff did a great job of looking after me.

Reading various complaints about the MTR, the airport and airlines is sad. I am sure there were legitimate and valid reasons to stop services and make passengers stay on planes.

Also, it would be silly to send alternative transport to brave the elements to pick up passengers trapped at MTR stations.

I was out there exposed to the weather while Hong Kong was hit hardest by Vicente and it was no joke. To keep people indoors was the best decision no matter what.

What is a little discomfort sleeping on the floor (or elsewhere) compared to getting hurt or being killed?

Those who complain should think twice before whining. Give these people a break.

At the risk of sounding ungrateful (which I am not), my only complaint was about an emergency doctor whose insensitive bedside manner, in an accident and emergency unit that was not busy, had no calming effect on a patient in misery. It is a shame, as all other medical staff provided an excellent service.

Other than this, I am forever grateful to Hong Kong and its very fine public hospitals (and police and firemen for clearing the roads) for saving my life.

Evon Ho-Wyllie, Mid-Levels