COVID positive woman delivers baby in ambulance with help of medical staff in Kerala

Source: ANI | Published on 14th August 2020, 6:15 AM | National News |

KERALA: A 38-year-old woman suffering from COVID-19 gave birth to a baby boy in an ambulance on her way to a hospital with the medical support of ambulance staff on Thursday.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja congratulated ambulance staff who volunteered to carry out the delivery. "Even after knowing she was COVID-19 positive, the service rendered by the ambulance staff with presence of mind is exemplary," Health Minister KK Shailaja said.

Uppala, the 38-year-old woman from Kasaragod, gave birth to a baby boy inside an ambulance. The woman, who was undergoing treatment at Kasaragod General Hospital, was referred to Kannur Pariyaram Medical College by doctors after her health deteriorated.

However, as the woman suffered labour pain during the journey, the ambulance staff prepared for the delivery in the ambulance itself. After delivery mother and baby were rushed to hospital with all emergency care. The mother and baby who are undergoing treatment at Pariyaram Medical College are safe, the medical college principal said.

The incident took place around 7.20 am on Thursday. The woman was shifted from Kasaragod General Hospital to Kannur Pariyaram Medical College on 108 Ambulance service. The Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician Robin Joseph and Pilot Anand John collected information from the doctor and then transferred the woman to the ambulance and headed to Pariyaram.

During the journey, the young woman experienced labour pains. Convinced of the need for the services of a female nurse, Sreeja also got into the ambulance.

But during their travel Sreeja's examination revealed that the woman could not proceed without giving birth. The ambulance was parked on the side of the road and the woman gave birth at 8.23 am under the care of emergency medical technicians Robin Joseph and Sreeja. Both immediately gave first aid to the mother and baby and ensured that their health was satisfactory. After this, they were taken to Pariyaram Medical College.

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