• Pregnant woman in ambulance incident delivers healthy baby boy

• Says selfless nurses risked their lives to protect her and unborn child

KUCHING: The pregnant woman, who was in the ambulance that collided with a sports utility vehicle on Tuesday, is extremely grateful to the two nurses who did their best to look after her.

She has since given birth to a healthy baby boy.

The mother of five other children recalled that both nurses were professional and when the crash happened, they huddled together to protect her and her unborn baby.

She was extremely grateful to them for their selflessness, and said despite a chance of them getting hurt themselves, they were still very concerned about her.

She was due to deliver and had experienced tummy aches and suffered high blood pressure when she visited a clinic in Samarahan.

That was when an ambulance transported her to the Sarawak General Hospital, and the accident happened.

Meanwhile, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii visited both mother and baby to hand over a contribution to help them get through the challenging time, as well as offer words of comfort to the husband.

Dr Yii told New Sarawak Tribune that this was not the first time such an accident involving an ambulance had happened, “which is why it’s important that all of us to play our part in being considerate and conscious of incoming ambulances and also be alert to sirens as it may involve life and death.”

“According to Rule 9 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959, emergency vehicles like ambulances on duty have the right of way over all other traffic.

“However it is also said that the drivers of such emergency vehicles are still bound by their legal responsibilities and traffic laws on dangerous, careless, or inconsiderate driving.

“So it means that when an ambulance is rushing a patient to the hospital, it must do so safely, and trying to beat a traffic light even during an emergency may put the patient’s life in danger, unless it is given free passage by incoming traffic,” he said.

“I myself have observed, in some cases, drivers are not alert even when there are sirens. Some were busy on their phones and only after a few cars honked at them, then only they wake up and shift their cars.

“All these can be avoided to make sure such accidents do not happen again, and lives are better protected,” he stressed.

“I’m glad that no one was seriously hurt, and I’m thankful to the emergency response team that came and made sure the woman was properly transported to the hospital to get the required treatment.

“We all need to play our part to be responsible drivers and to make sure such accidents do not happen again,” Dr Yii said.