Australian couple who apply CPR to save 7-year-old boy in Sentosa get SCDF award

Jennifer and Roger Valenta flanking Colonel Lim Boon Hwee (centre), commander of the 1st SCDF division on 3 May, 2019. (PHOTO: SCDF/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — An Australian couple who saved the life of a 7-year-old boy at a Sentosa resort received an award from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Friday (3 May).

Husband and wife Roger and Jennifer Valenta were on vacation at the resort last Sunday when they heard cries for help near its swimming pool, according to a Facebook post by the SCDF.

The couple then dashed over and saw the unconscious boy next to his father.

Jennifer, who is a paediatric nurse, assessed the boy to have no pulse and was not breathing, added the SCDF.

The couple proceeded to take turns to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the boy until he regained consciousness.

They also stayed with the him and his family until the arrival of an SCDF ambulance.

“The boy was conveyed to National University Hospital and is currently recovering well. The couple's timely intervention saved the boy's life,” said the SCDF.

For their efforts, the couple received the SCDF's Community Lifesaver Award from Colonel Lim Boon Hwee, commander of the 1st SCDF division, on Friday morning before their flight back home.

“This incident shows the importance of community first response and the difference it can make in emergencies. Join the community of first responders and download SCDF’s myResponder app today,” said the SCDF.

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