Pregnant tribal taken to hospital in bedsheet as ambulance unavailable

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Palakkad (Kerala), June 6 (IANS) A nine-month pregnant tribal woman in Kerala had to be carried to hospital in a makeshift stretcher made of a bed sheet tied to logs as no ambulance was available, reports said on Wednesday. She later delivered a baby girl.

The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon in Attapadi village — the biggest tribal settlement in the state, but yet to have proper roads.

The visuals of a group of tribal men and women carrying the woman across a stream were aired by a TV channel on Wednesday afternoon.

After crossing the stream, the people waited for an ambulance at a point where the motorable road starts.

When the ambulance did not come despite a long wait, they continued to walk on till they managed to get a private vehicle which transported them to the hospital.

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Responding to the incident, authorities said the ambulance was under repair.

–IANS

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