1. Kerala ambulance driver saves baby’s life, covers 13-hour 516 km drive in just 7 hours

Kerala ambulance driver saves baby’s life, covers 13-hour 516 km drive in just 7 hours

In a heroic act, an ambulance driver in Kerala drove with a one-month-old infant for an urgent heart surgery, covering a whopping 516 km distance from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram in just 7 hours on Wednesday.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 17, 2017 3:58 PM
Kerala ambulance driver saves baby’s life, covers 13-hour 516 km drive in just 7 hours

In a heroic act, an ambulance driver in Kerala drove with a one-month-old infant for an urgent heart surgery, covering a whopping 516 km distance from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram in just 7 hoursĀ on Wednesday. According to Google Maps with light traffic, this journey could take 13 hours but the brave ambulance driver made it possible in just 7 hours with the help of Kerala Police and Child Protect Team organisation.

The driver named Thamim had to transport a 31-day-old infant, Fathima Labia, from the Kannur facility to the SRI Chithra Mission Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. Fathima had to be transported to the hospital as quickly as possible as she needed to undergo an emergency heart surgery after developing prolonged breathlessness earlier this week. She couldn’t be air-lifted as the nearest airports (Mangalore or Calicut) were three hours away and arranging for an air ambulance require at least five hours. So, it was decided, the baby would be transported from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram by road.
A Kerala ambulance driver taking a one-month-old infant for an urgent heart surgery from Kannur to a Thiruvananthapuram hospital completed the 516-km distance, which usually takes 13 hours, in just 7 hours. Kerala Police and Child Protect Team organisation also pitched in by appealing to the public to co-operate and avoid any obstruction on the ambulance’s route for easy passage.
Kerala Police rose to the occasion, finalising plans to ensure a hassle-free journey for the ambulance.Kannur district police chief deployed a special team to coordinate the entire journey another official accompanied the ambulance and one more was regulating traffic Thamim’s vehicle would race by.
And, it was not just the state police. As word of the journey spread out, members of the Child Protection Team Kerala (CPT), a non-profit organisation, joined hands with the police in order to coordinate the journey.
The ambulance was accompanied by at least two SUVs of the Kerala Police. The SUVs kept changing at district borders in smooth changeovers that ensured Thamim did not have to slow down. After successfully completing the trip Thamim spoke to India Today and said that he was yet to get over the shock of what he had just accomplished.
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    Uday
    Nov 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    Excellent, Bravo! Congratultions to the complete team. Surely Kerala is God's own Country.
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      Padmakumar Chandrasekhar
      Nov 18, 2017 at 11:35 am
      True hero.And thank you Kerala Police!
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        isha
        Nov 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
        Respect, for all the people involved in the noble cause.....
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          Cherian
          Nov 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm
          Crap, does it mean Kannur and neighbouring Kozhikode doesn't have a Cardiac Surgeon who cannot operate on a Newborn having heart problem, what is MIMS and other hospitals like Kozhikode Medical College boasting about their facilities!!.
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          1. Sridhar Rajendran
            Nov 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm
            My respect to you bro and all the others who made this possible
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              Robert
              Nov 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm
              Great JOB!
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                shailesh
                Nov 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm
                humanity is still alive
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                  Roxn
                  Nov 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm
                  Now this is news. Proud of his achievement. May God bless the baby and the driver with long and healthy life. Appreciate the help of Police too. The news just made my day.
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                    Amit
                    Nov 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm
                    Very well done. I hope someday will come when our people will give way to emergency vehicles so these many people are not needed to get such noble job done.
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