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Woman on life support after asthma attack

Woman on life support after asthma attack
Friday, Jan 25, 2013
The New Paper
By Linette Heng

SINGAPORE - She had a sudden asthma attack at home and texted her husband immediately.

"I need u to go to Bok now, get my meds and come back immediately. I cannot talk... having difficulty breathing"

Ms Jessie Hon, 33, an assistant vice-president of a local bank, also sent her husband a list of the medication she needed.

For the next 25 minutes, her husband, who wanted to be known only as Roy, kept constant tabs on her over instant messaging service WhatsApp as he rushed home to Bukit Timah from his office in Ubi.

But the 36-year-old lost contact with his wife as he approached Adam Road.

This incident happened last Tuesday morning, the day that M1 subscribers in various areas of Singapore, including the west, had problems with their 3G connection.

Roy is an M1 subscriber and was unable to receive messages in the 15 minutes that he was travelling from Adam Road to their home.

When Roy reached home, he found his wife lying on the bed, weak and breathless.

He called for an ambulance immediately and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her until it arrived, Roy told Lianhe Wanbao.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call at 11.36am.

When the ambulance arrived, Ms Hon had collapsed and emergency treatment was performed on her on the way to the hospital.

For the past six days, Ms Hon has been in the intensive care unit at National University Hospital, hooked on a respirator.

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