Tribal delivers in jungle, health workers brave odds for rescue

Tribal delivers in jungle, health workers brave odds for rescue
The woman delivered the baby around 8 am in a thick forest, five kilometres away from her home in Kattathi tribal colony near Konni.
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Konni: A tribal woman who gave birth to a baby deep inside the forest was rescued by a team of health workers on Sunday.

The woman delivered the baby around 8 am in a thick forest, five kilometres away from her home in Kattathi tribal colony near Konni.

Public health workers Sajitha and Sreelatha rushed to the colony as soon as they learned about the incident. They hired a car from Aruvappulam to the Kattathi colony and switched to a jeep to traverse the jungle roads that lay ahead.

They travelled in the jeep for three kilometres and trekked the rest of the way to reach the woman and the baby. They were accompanied by the drivers and an old woman from the colony. They administered first aid to the woman and carried them back to the colony, where an ambulance lay in waiting for them. Dr Sreejayan, the medical officer of the Kokkathode primary health centre, was also present.

The mother and the baby boy were admitted to the Pathanamthitta general hospital by 2.45 pm. They are doing well.

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