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Pregnant tribal woman in Kerala carried for 3 km in the wild

A tribal woman belonging to the Kurumba tribe, Sumathi Murukan who was pregnant experienced labour pain at 12.45 am on Sunday morning and there was no ambulance or other vehicles available to admit the pregnant woman to a hospital. Ambulance and other vehicles could not reach the Kadukkumanna tribal hamlet in Attapadi.

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 11 (BPNS)

A tribal woman belonging to the Kurumba tribe, Sumathi Murukan who was pregnant experienced labour pain at 12.45 am on Sunday morning and there was no ambulance or other vehicles available to admit the pregnant woman to a hospital. Ambulance and other vehicles could not reach the Kadukkumanna tribal hamlet in Attapadi.

The family of Sumathi contacted the tribal hospital at Puthoor and the nurse Priya Joy responded that she would reach soon. After several calls, an ambulance was also willing to fetch the pregnant woman. However, ambulance and other transport could reach only up to 3 km away from their residence at Anavayil.  The connection of the Kadukkumanna tribal village to the outside world was through a hanging bridge across the Bhavani river and a vehicle could not travel through this bridge.

Not to lose time, the health department officials and the relatives of the pregnant woman carried her in a cloth sling, walked for three kilometers. The area which was infected with wild animals like tuskers and leopards was a nightmare for the private taxis and even ambulances plying through the area.

Finally, at 2.30 am, the residents of the village made a cloth sling and carried her up to the Anvayil area where vehicles could come. The pregnant woman and her carriers finally reached Anavayal at 5.30 am.

Sumathi Murukan was rushed to the hospital where she gave birth to the child.