Flesh almost severed from man's calf after vicious attack

SINGAPORE - The attack was so vicious that an eyewitness said the flesh on one of the victim's calves was almost cut through and severed.

Mr Mohammad Ashiq Saptu, a 20-year-old mover, also suffered a deep cut on his left arm in the attack by two men in a park facing Block 641, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, around 5.30pm on Sunday.

A first-year nursing student, Mr Naqiuddin Saszri, 19, was among the first to help the victim as he lay bleeding on the ground while being cradled by his girlfriend.

The Simei ITE student told The New Paper that he was taking a nap in his grandparents' home in Block 641 when he heard his grandmother shouting.

"She was screaming, 'Call the police! Call the police!' I immediately rushed out of the bedroom to investigate. By then, my grandmother had gone downstairs."

Mr Naqiuddin ran after her, and that was when he spotted Mr Mohammad Ashiq and his girlfriend. She was covered in blood and seemed to be in shock. The attackers were gone by then.

The woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, was shouting for help and a large crowd had gathered in the park.

Mr Naqiuddin immediately decided to put what he had learnt in his nursing courses to good use. After asking the woman to calm down, he checked the semi-conscious man's vital signs and noticed that his pulse was weak.

He then asked the man if he could hear him, and the latter managed to groan a weak "yes".

Mr Naqiuddin then noticed the severity of his wounds and decided to call for an ambulance. He said: "I would have performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the guy if I could not detect a pulse."

"At first my grandmother wanted to take some bandages to help stop the bleeding, but I stopped her from doing so. The wounds looked very serious and even though she meant well, I feared that she might be doing more harm than good."

Mr Naqiuddin said the ambulance arrived minutes later, but to him, it felt "like forever". By the time paramedics took the man to hospital, he noticed that his hands were covered with blood.

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