it’s a bird… it’s a plane…

For all the emergency doctors and emergency doctors-to-be in my life:

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s an ER doctor
Elissa Doherty

A MAN of steel was transformed into a real-life superhero at his buck’s party.

Dressed as Superman, Heng Khuen Cheok lived up to his buck’s night dares by landing cheeky kisses from several women, pocketing their phone numbers. He even charmed Wonder Woman.

Then, faster than a speeding bullet, he flew to the rescue of a skittled pedestrian.

The caped romancer morphed into emergency doctor when a pedestrian was hit by a car on Swanston St in Melbourne, just after midnight on Saturday.

Still in tights, Dr Cheok rushed to help the  crumpled, bleeding and unconscious victim.

But his eye-popping lycra garb almost thwarted his effort to help the injured man.

“One of the man’s friends was crouching next to him and he took one look at me in my Superman costume and was telling me to go away,” Dr Cheok said.

“He relaxed a bit when my friend told him we really were emergency doctors.”

Together with the injured man’s friend, they stemmed the bleeding to the victim’s forehead and kept him stable until an ambulance arrived.

A swelling crowd of bewildered passers-by thought the incident was a set-up.

The groom-to-be’s brother, Joseph Cheok, 33, understood – it was a night straight from the pages of a comic book.

“He literally was Superman. He met Wonder Woman, then he saved the day,” he said.

“You could not imagine it better. I was thinking ‘this is too much’.”

The affable groom-to-be said it was a night that would be hard to repeat.

“It was extraordinary … but it would be a bit far-fetched to call me a superhero,” he said.

Dr Cheok has found his own Lois Lane and will marry online magazine journalist Karen Poh in the Yarra Valley on Saturday.

The Herald Sun, 8 December 2011


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