Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The One When My Brother Got Slashed By A Parang

This happened last Friday.

6:14am, I was sleeping.

Mak: Man.
Me: .....
Mak: Man!
Me: mmmm.
Mak: Eh, Hadi kena serang kat kedai makan.
Me: Hah?
Mak: Tangan dia kena parang.
Me: HAH!!

It's hard to belief, because my mother was so cool saying those words.

Yes, my brother got parang-ed. It happened at 4:30 am in a mamak shop somewhere in PJ. He and a friend were the only customers that morning. A group of 5 men, each with a parang, came to rob the shop, but changed their motive when they saw my brother was carrying a laptop.

A struggle broke when one man grabbed the laptop and my brother resisting because he was protecting some important documents in the same bag. 2 swings were given by this man. The first one hit my brother's watch, but the second bit the outside of his left forearm.

Blood covered the floor. The rookie robbers panicked, grabbed whatever he could from the table and cash register and left. They never got the laptop.

My brother was rushed to UH and got there under 20 minutes. He suffered a complete open fracture of the left ulna and ulnar nerve damage. He's now a proud owner of a titanium plate that is screwed onto his ulna bone which will trigger metal detectors in airports.

He's fine. He was discharged on Sunday, and was already missing in action on Monday night.

I would like to thank Shaffiq, the friend that was with him, who faced the 5 men alone while all of the 10 mamak shop workers fled the scene like pondans. He is a photographer by trade, but knew first aid immensely. He dressed the wound with clean towels and applied a wooden splint to stabilize the fracture before transporting my brother to hospital. His action probably saved my brother's arm.

To the staff of UM Medical Center -
nurses, housemen, medical officers, ortho surgeons, the whole lot - you guys are fantastic. And a special thank-you to Dr. Mafeitz who happened to walk into the OT waiting room, took the trouble to find out what was happening in the OT and updated my mother while she was restlessly waiting. That simple gesture calmed her greatly.

And to everyone who is reading, please be careful. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that when economy plummets, crime rates skyrocket.

7 Comments:

Blogger bola2api said...

ish. takutnya baca. get well soon hadi

22 July, 2008  
Blogger Stupe said...

Regards to your brother.

Funny thing is that i always imagined what i'll do if i were to be attacked, esp so when walk to and fro to work.

on the bright side, you brother now is technically better that just some of the Ironman...he is TitaniumMan.

:)

23 July, 2008  
Blogger Azman said...

The best thing to do is to let the robbers have what they want. Laptops, watches, money, jewelry are all replaceable. Life is not.

But of course, if you're in control, I'd say kick the bloody robbers on the nuts.

23 July, 2008  
Blogger Stupe said...

Not jsut the nuts. Break their bones and parang their hands..then send them to UH for Doc M to administer (well, to reduce the dosages of) the pain killing medication.

25 July, 2008  
Blogger Dr.M said...

hahahaha.. don't let people know what i do in there.. :)

28 July, 2008  
Blogger Gromit said...

opps

i thought i'm reading a news, a detailed and truth news.

take care brother

09 September, 2008  
Blogger Zakiyah said...

X sangke strok tu.

04 November, 2008  

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