Thiruvananthapuram: ‘108’ ambulance service has created history of sorts by marking 50 successful deliveries inside the ambulances run by it in the state. The record was set while Viji, 30, residing at Chempakamangalam, delivered a baby around midnight on Wednesday while being rushed to the hospital in the ambulance. Viji had developed labour pain around midnight and called 108 ambulance for help. En route to the Medical College Hospital, the mother went into labour and the Emergency Management Team (EMT) of the 108 ambulance helped her deliver the baby. Around 1.15 am, a baby boy was born just as the ambulance was parking itself on the roadside. There were no complications.
After the baby boy was born, the pilot of the ambulance rushed the ambulance to the nearest CSI Mission Hospital, Kazhakkoottam. EMTs ran into the emergency room to alert doctors and nurses of the birth so that they could take over the care of the mother and child. Although Viji said she was in severe pain during labour, she and the baby were doing well, said Nabeel A, Emergency Medical Technician.
“This is a proud moment for us at 108 to have achieved half a century in successful deliveries in Kerala. All our EMTs are specially trained in emergency child delivery. It also brings in a great sense of satisfaction for our entire team to be able to help people when they need maximum support,” Radheesh V, Project Head, 108 Ambulance, said.
The ambulance service created history of sorts by marking 50 successful deliveries inside the ambulances run by it.
The call centre at Technopark here, which operates on a 24-hour basis, immediately activates the nearest ambulance that could be located. The medical technicians then provide the patients with appropriate first aid and subsequently the patients are transferred to the nearest hospital for further treatment. Incidentally, the 108 ambulance doesn’t carry corpses and cases which don’t need emergency requirements or assistance.