Christmas miracle on Mucurapo Street
Trinidad Express Newspaper
Story Created: Dec 27, 2011 at 11:51 PM ECT
Story Updated: Dec 27, 2011 at 11:51 PM ECT
Just two days before Christmas, Joey Chaitram, instead of shopping for last-minute gifts, was lying unconscious on the ground at the top of Mucurapo Street next to the Marabella taxi stand in San Fernando bleeding from the head.
Luckily for Chaitram one person stopped and rendered assistance. Kerri-Ann Leon Sing, a COSTAATT student, had just finished her final exam and was on her way to do some Christmas shopping. Walking up Mucurapo Street, Leon Sing saw a small crowd of people and in the centre of it was Chaitram, unconscious and bleeding from the head.
Leon Sing said, “I wasn’t sure if the man was dead. There was a lot of blood oozing from his head and onto the pavement. I asked anyone if they had called an ambulance and several people said yes, but were unable to get through.”
“I called the ambulance more than three times and my calls were placed on hold. Several other bystanders tried calling the ambulance on their phones and still were not able to get through. After a few minutes the crowd dispersed and I was left with the helpless man,” she said.
Chaitram needed help and Leon Sing hoped there were police patrolling in the area to offer assistance. With no luck, Leon Sing walked down to the San Fernando Police Station approximately ten minutes away. Nearing the police station Leon Sing saw two officers exiting the police station.
Leon Sing said, “Officers are you on patrol? There is an Asian guy unconscious and bleeding at the top of Mucurapo Street if you can render assistance. They said OK, and I went back and sat with the man who was coming to.”
“I found out his name and bought a towel and placed it to the wound at the back of his head,” she said.
Approximately 20 minutes elapsed and Leon Sing said she saw no sign of the officers however she heard a siren and thought that someone had got through to EHS. It was not an ambulance, however, but another police vehicle heading in the opposite direction.
Not thinking twice, Leon Sing ran down Mucurapo Street and flagged down the three officers in the vehicle which was stuck in traffic. She explained to them the situation and that the man on the ground needed assistance.
She walked back to Chaitram hoping that the officers would follow. After 15 minutes, Leon Sing had a sinking feeling that the officers were not coming.
According to Leon Sing, from the time she stumbled upon Chaitram and in the process of trying to get help for him, an hour had passed. Chaitram, who was pale due to the amount of blood loss, started to get his colour back. Leon Sing realised he was not Asian but East Indian. A now conscious Chaitram wondered what happened to him.
Leon Sing said, “I don’t know, I just found you lying on the ground bleeding. I’m going to take you to San Fernando General Hospital.”
Chaitram held the towel to his head as Leon Sing helped him to his feet and walked to Library Corner to get a taxi to go to the hospital.
Leon Sing waited with him, called his relatives and kept Chaitram company until a doctor or relative showed up. Another hour passed and he was just about to go in and see the doctor when his daughter arrived.
Leaving the hospital and walking back up Harris Promenade she saw the same two police officers she had first asked for help. One of the officers looked away and avoided looking her directly in the eye. Asked why she decided to help a stranger she said “We should all remember the spirit of Christmas, one man gave of himself to save the world. We should all try to do the same.”