A young Saudi man has been credited with saving the life of a 60-year-old Turkish pilgrim who fell unconscious in Madinah by conducting first aid emergency to the patient.
The Saudi man, Fahd Ghuwaizi Al Harbi, a specialized nurse who works as a hotel receptionist, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the Turkish pilgrim shortly after he fell unresponsive.
Footage captured by CCTV of Al Harbi’s heroic rescue incident went viral among social media users.
He tells Al Arabiya English while on duty at the reception of a Madinah hotel, a Turkish pilgrim lost consciousness and fainted.
“I immediately rushed to save the pilgrim and provide first aid, before the Red Crescent team arrived to the site, and within just two minutes, the pilgrim regained consciousness after several resuscitation attempts.”
The patient was then transferred to the hospital, as he sufferred from hypertension and diabetes.
Al Harbi said he visited the pilgrim at hospital upon finishing his duty, adding that he followed up on the Turkish elderly’s case until he was dismissed.
Al Harbi told Al Arabiya English that he practiced nursing in some private hospitals, then decided to work as hotel receptionist despite holding a diploma in nursing, and holding many certificates that prove his excellence in this field.
The young Saudi man said he carried several volunteering emergency services during Hajj season and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
“We need to represent an honorable image for serving Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.”
The health affairs directory in Madinah has reportedly reached the Saudi man Monday morning and has honored him for his role.