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Last Updated Thursday January 18 2018 09:25 AM IST

When a busy town stood still: the 24-minute drive that saved a child’s life

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baby The child could not breathe without the life support system and could not afford to depend on a mobile ventilator for more than half an hour.

Moovattupuzha: Just two days old, the baby’s life hung by a thread.

The only way to save the child was to take him to a better hospital but the child was too weak to survive on life support for more than 30 minutes.

The doctors’ advise seemed an impossible task, because even the fastest driver took an hour and a half to reach the hospital at Kolencherry from Thodupuzha town.

A vehicle typically took half an hour to cross the busy Moovattupuzha town on the way.

Even as the child was receiving expert care at the Medical Mission Medical College at Kolencherry, thanks to coordinated efforts by the police, the townspeople and Snehil Varghese, the ambulance driver who managed to cover the distance in a record 24 minutes.

Everyone came together to save the life of the baby of Jomon Joseph from Peramangalam.

The baby born in a hospital at Thodupuzha on Monday was suffering from breathlessness.

The baby was shifted to another hospital at Muthalakkodam but there was little improvement even a day later.

The baby was referred to the medical college but it was easier said than done.

The child could not breathe without the life support system and could not afford to depend on a mobile ventilator for more than half an hour.

Varghese offered to drive the child while Albin Thomas took care of the nursing responsibilities. The biggest hurdle was passing the Moovattupuzha town.

CPM activists in the town informed deputy superintendent of police K Bijumon of the situation. The officer swung into action.

Sub inspector G P Manuraj waited for the ambulance from Thodupuzha near the Nirmala College. He piloted the ambulance through the town roads kept clear by 28 officers at various points.

Varghese was able to get past the busy town in just two minutes. That made a huge difference for a family.

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