i really did not want to talk about it, but my therapist friend advised me to do so for it can help me a lot. i told him then and he was right, in some way it helped me ease through that feeling i was having. after a week of that tragic accident in my workplace i thought i’ll put in my blog what had happened.
i was awaken by loud pounding on my door, as i opened it i knew something was terribly wrong. oscar, our derrickman was screaming “patay si mathew!” (“mathew is dead!”). my heart was racing as i hurriedly put on my pants and my work boots and proceeded in my clinic which is in front of my room. my hands knew what to take with me then i ran towards the rig. i was midway going up in the stairs when i saw the driller and some of the crew with the stretcher going downstairs, with mathew on it.
it was like a silent movie, in slow motion. i looked at jeff, the driller, our eyes locked for a moment and i clearly understood what his eyes meant – mathew was gone, i felt tears welled up in my eyes as they carried him down. i remember the practice stretcher drills that i regularly conduct with the crew at the rig floor, but this time it was for real.
we rushed him to the rig clinic, on the way i saw blood on his face and an open wound below his chin. head and neck trauma. he was unresponsive, no breathing. i checked for pulse, nothing. i started cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the aid of an automatic external defibrillator. i did rescue breaths and chest compressions – i rechecked for a pulse. nothing. i did this several times.
as we were on our way to the hospital, inside the ambulance i prayed to god, still hoping . . but i knew mathew was gone. he was pronounced dead at the hospital. the doctor told me he has been dead a few hours already and very likely died on the spot.
i felt so weak. on the way back to the rig, questions were running in my mind . . were there other ways that i could have done to save his life? should i have done better? i did what i can, what i am capable of, was that enough? then came in the question – do i really want to do this job? can i still continue doing this?
i had a few days of sleepless nights, of waking up in the exact hour when i was awaken when the accident happened, of graphic images that haunted me. lately, i have started to move on, returning on my usual self.
personally, i see that the drilling rig is not exactly the right place to practice my chosen profession and to fully hone my skills as a paramedic, but i know there will come a time that i will really have the given opportunity. i can wait. for now the rig needs me so i will stay, temporarily.
in memory of mathew benchi abraham, 1974 – 2010.