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. 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.