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Canadian man rescues Saigon citizens with first aid kit

Saturday, July 06, 2019, 09:50 GMT+7
Canadian man rescues Saigon citizens with first aid kit
Ben Mawsdley keeps a first aid kit by his side when venturing into the busy Saigon streets. Photo: Thanh Yen / Tuoi Tre

Ben Mawsdley’s quick thinking and constant preparedness have helped him save dozens of people since the day he arrived in Vietnam.

The 30-year-old Canadian businessman has spent the last five years living in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, steadily building a life for himself as a teacher, restaurant manager, and most importantly a street savior.

Growing up in Canada, Ben developed a habit of carrying around a small bag of common medications and essential tools to help himself and others in case of an emergency.  He is also certified in First Aid & CPR by Red Cross Canada.

When he moved to Vietnam in 2014 to pursue a career in education he kept up that habit of carrying a first aid kit and has used it to help save over 50 strangers from dangerous situations.

“My conscience told me to use what I’ve learned to help others,” he said.

Speaking to Tuoi Tre News, Ben recalled saving a young woman named Hien from a road accident three years ago and a man whose bleeding he stopped after a vehicle crash. 

He also shared about times he has tried to help others, but ended up sadly watching them pass.

“Even if my help couldn’t save people, watching them die without doing anything is an act of cruelty,” Ben shared about his unsuccessful attempts to save those in need.

According to Ben, Canada’s vast network of forests, rivers, lakes, and islands make first aid knowledge a must for its people.

He also shared that AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator), portable devices used to deliver electric shocks that can help reset a hearts rhythm can be found in most public places throughout Canada and that First Aid & CPR certificates are required in order to apply for supervisor or managerial positions.

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