This week I want to introduce Biace Poasa, an amazing young man, who works as an orderly at Middlemore Hospital.
A few days ago Biace and his family witnessed a particularly traumatic accident, when a car hit a pedestrian crossing a busy road. While all of us hope to never encounter a situation like this, Biace, without hesitation leapt in to help, performing CPR which ultimately saved this young lady’s life.
He is indeed a hero, in every sense of the word and I’m proud to have him working at our organisation. Below is his story.
I was just driving home with my family, when I spotted a young lady, crossing a busy road. She had boxing wraps on, so I assumed she was on her way to the gym. While she narrowly managed to dodge one car, I couldn’t believe it when she ran into the path of another car, travelling in the opposite direction. There was no time for the driver to react and all I could see was this girl fly into the air and land hard on the road.
It was horrific to watch and after the shock subsided, my first instinct was to try to help, anyway I could. I somehow managed to park the car and rushed back to see is she was Ok. I felt for a pulse and saw that she wasn’t breathing. That’s when my CPR training began to kick in – thank goodness I had taken a course three years ago.
My strength comes from my faith and I remember praying to God to help me save this young lady’s life. I have sisters of my own and I remember thinking she has a family who will be waiting for her.
After a few compressions she started to cough – that was a good sign. When I rolled her into the recovery position I noticed a big gash on her head. One of the road workers gave me his tee-shirt to try to stop the bleeding, while his work mates helped direct traffic. Another man from Burger King brought out his first aid kit and a lifeguard (I remember his name was Adam), came to help me. It was such a relief to have some help and support.
Soon the ambulance arrived and I helped the paramedics settle the injured girl into the ambulance. I remember one of the paramedic’s saying – “If she didn’t get CPR when she did, there could have been a different result.” I felt so blessed to hear that.
After it was over I think I must have been in shock – the last few minutes had been surreal and now I was expected to get back to my life. I’m not the kind of guy, who lets emotions overtake me, however on this occasion I remember tears running down my face as I gave my wife an enormous hug.
It’s been a week since the accident happened, and for the first few days I wasn’t sleeping too well. I also found it really hard to talk about what happened. With the support from my pastor, family and work mates I ‘m doing a lot better. I’m extremely lucky to have some wonderful people in my life.
While I found the whole experience stressful, I also found an inner strength and resilience that I never knew I had. The accident also hit home that life is short and that each day is precious.
As for the girl in the accident, I hear she is getting stronger and stronger each day. One day, when she is up to it, I hope to meet her – just to give her a big hug.