‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’
Describe how a friend helped you in difficult time.

The first of May last year is indeed a memorable day for me as it is the day Sarah, my best friend, lent me a helping hand in a difficult time.

Since that day was a public holiday, Sarah came to my house so that we could do our geography project together. As the saying goes, ‘two heads are better than one’. My parents had gone out to attend to some urgent business then. While we were busy doing our project, my younger brother Liam was playing outside our house. All of a sudden, Sarah and I heard Liam screaming in pain. Astonished to hear the scream, we ran out of the house to check on him. To our horror, Liam had fallen into the drain outside our house. As the drain was quite deep, he was having trouble getting out of it.

Panick-stricken, I did not know what to do and felt like crying. Just when I was about to cry, Sarah calmed me down. She suggested that she would call the ambulance and I would call my parents. I nodded in agreement. As promised, she called an ambulance at once while I called my parents. Upon knowing what had transpired, my parents were extremely anxious about Liam. They decided to come home immediately.

While we were waiting for the arrival of the ambulance, Sarah and I talked to Liam and comforted him. Seated on the bottom of the drain, Liam’s legs seemed to be in great pain. He begged us to take him out. As much as I wanted to help him, Sarah advised me against it. She said it was better to let the paramedics lift him out as he might be suffering from broken bone injuries and we might deteriorate the condition. I believed Sarah was right and felt really sorry for Liam, who was crying bitterly. Sarah ensured him that help would arrive soon. To distract him and alleviate his sufferings, she told him humorous stories.

Not long after, an ambulance arrived and so did my parents. The paramedics did their job in a professional manner and lifted Liam out of the drain without injuring him any further. He was then rushed to hospital. After my father had driven the rest of us to hospital, the doctor informed us that both of Liam’s legs were broken and he had to be hospitalised for treatment. But since he was young, his legs should recover quickly with no permanent damage. Our tension were assuaged by the doctor’s report and we heaved a sigh of relief.

I conveyed my gratitude to Sarah for her help. She said that was what friends were for - both good times and bad times. Her assistance strengthened our friendship ties and we hope to remain as best friends forever.