Jade Kua

Dr Jade Kua wants to em­power each of us with enough knowl­edge and con­fi­dence to re­spond to car­diac vic­tims in need. suhana ab finds out more

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late last year when Dr Jade Kua was on ma­ter­nity leave, she didn’t think twice to re­spond to an ur­gent call of help dur­ing the dead of night. A man had suf­fered a bad ac­ci­dent at the foot of her build­ing and needed to be re­sus­ci­tated im­me­di­ately. But even as an ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tor, the 37-year-old found the sit­u­a­tion in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“It is dif­fer­ent when you are in a hos­pi­tal set­ting. There are bright lights, you are al­ready in scrubs and there are nurses as­sist­ing you,” she ex­plains.

But for the pro­gramme di­rec­tor of the Dare (Dis­patcher As­sisted First Re­spon­der) Pro­gramme — an ini­tia­tive that ed­u­cates mem­bers of the pub­lic to per­form life-sav­ing aid — the ex­pe­ri­ence was in­valu­able. It put her squarely in the shoes of the av­er­age per­son on the street who may find them­selves in the po­si­tion where they have to act as a first re­spon­der. “I then un­der­stood bet­ter how fright­en­ing it must be for them,” says Kua.

As it is very of­ten fear that stops a by­s­tander from as­sist­ing in a med­i­cal emer­gency, Kua be­lieves it is im­per­a­tive for ini­tia­tives such as Dare to ramp up pub­lic en­gage­ment.

“When a per­son col­lapses from car­diac ar­rest, the per­son right next to him can be the first re­spon­der who tries to re­sus­ci­tate the vic­tim as early as pos­si­ble,” she says. Ac­cord­ing to Kua, who is a con­sul­tant at the depart­ment of emer­gency medicine at KK Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, stud­ies show that a car­diac vic­tim’s chances of sur­vival re­duces by 10 per­cent for ev­ery minute de­lay in ap­ply­ing CPR.

In­tro­duced three years ago, the Dare Pro­gramme was ini­tially con­ceived to reach out to youths be­tween 11 and 17, but has since be­gun pro­vid­ing skills train­ing to adult mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. “Even­tu­ally, the pro­gramme hopes to train at least one per­son in ev­ery house­hold in Sin­ga­pore, re­gard­less of their back­ground, to dare to do it,” she says.

While it is no easy task, Kua is op­ti­mistic that the Dare team — com­posed of mem­bers of the Sin­ga­pore Civil De­fence Force, doc­tors and nurses — will make a last­ing pos­i­tive im­pact. One ini­tia­tive is its my-re­spon­der app, which alerts vol­un­teers to nearby car­diac ar­rest cases so as to ren­der first aid be­fore am­bu­lance ar­rival.

“Any kind of CPR is bet­ter than none. One more per­son who would dare to do it is bet­ter than one less. We are hope­ful about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” she re­it­er­ates. It is pos­si­ble for… any­one to have it all, es­pe­cially women, as we seem to be pretty good at mul­ti­task­ing even if we don’t re­alise it our­selves. Women are just bet­ter at it than the men. I am for­tu­nate… to be work­ing with good teams at work and at Dare. At home, my par­ents, par­ents-in­law and my do­mes­tic helpers do a fan­tas­tic job at help­ing me care for my six kids: Martin, Mariesa, Mariena, Mark, Mar­ion and Mar­cel. I am blessed… with a sup­port­ive hus­band, who takes charge of the kitchen. I don’t think I can do what I do with­out a well-fed stom­ach! I am proud­est of… how we have raised our kids to be kind. We should em­power chil­dren to… un­der­stand that they should be brave and trust them to be sen­si­ble; that’s the only way they will ven­ture out of their com­fort zone to help oth­ers in need. When some­one calls out “mummy”… I turn in­stinc­tively to see if a child is in­jured and needs help. Qual­ity time ver­sus quan­tity… is the essence of mul­ti­task­ing. Suc­cess is… not a des­ti­na­tion; it’s the con­tin­ual ful­fill­ment you find in your job, your kids on a reg­u­lar school day and your life part­ner on a non-oc­ca­sion day.

coat, from dior; Unica Lo­tus n.4 ring with BLUE aqua­ma­rine and di­a­monds; na­ture Pave di­a­mond ring in Yel­low gold; Unica Lo­tus n. 2 ring with BLUE aqua­ma­rine; small Lo­tus di­a­mond Pavé ring in Yel­low gold, ALL from ole lyn­g­gaard Copen­hagen

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