Thrissur: An ambulance took only one hour and 50 minutes to cover 161 km as it sped from Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district to Amrita Hospital in Kochi with a critically ill 13-day-old infant. It is learnt that the condition of the infant, which was born with a heart condition that could prove fatal anytime, has now improved.
The mission to rescue the infant was implemented by Life Save ambulance service, the All-Kerala Drivers Freakers (AKDF) and the police.
The ambulance started from MES Hospital, Perinthalmanna at 1.10 pm. At that time, the heart of the infant was so weak that anything could happen anytime. Ambulance driver Lijo Karipperi, male nurse Prince Polakkal and AKDF member Sarat Kakkidippuram took up the mission to take the tiny tot to Kochi.
The path was cleared for the ambulance along the entire route from Perinthalmanna to Kochi by the police and AKDF volunteers. They blocked traffic at each junction for the ambulance to pass and this was similar to the scenes in the hit movie ‘Traffic’. Even then, the ambulance had to overcome traffic blocks at some spots but it managed to reach Amrita Hospital by 3 pm.
This was the third rescue mission carried out by Life Save ambulance team in a week. One week ago, a five-day-old infant was saved after being shifted from Iqraa Hospital in Kozhikode to Amrita Hospital within two hours and 45 minutes. Another child with a life-threatening heart condition was taken to Amrita Hospital five days ago by the Life Save team from the same hospital.