“If you say no, nothing will happen, the day will pass like just any other day. But a yes from you may create history, which will encourage many others to follow you and say yes.”
This is the dialogue from 2011, Malayalam movie Traffic, which was later remade in Hindi in 2016.
The movie directed by Rajesh Pillai revolves around an organ transplant, wherein a heart taken from a brain-dead patient was to be transported from one hospital to another in twelve hours for a transplant.
Given the distance and traffic on the road during the day, police tried to discourage the idea.
It is at this point, when the cardiac surgeon, played by Jose Prakash calls the police chief and makes the plea. But little did the makers of the film knew that their movie is going to inspire someone to do the same in real life, and now that has happened.
On Wednesday night, the state of Kerala was glued on to social media praying and doing their bit to save the life of a 58-day old baby, who was suffering from a critical heart condition.
The baby who was admitted to Kannur Pariyaram Medical College was to be shifted to Sri Chitra Institute in Thiruvananthapuram. Given the critical condition and tender age of the child, air ambulance option was ruled out and the only way left was via road.
But given the traffic on the roads, it would have taken at least 14 hours for the ambulance to reach Thiruvananthapuram from Kannur.
As the news was circulated, thousands came together volunteering to help clear the road and ensure smooth passage for the ambulance.
Thamim, a native of Kasargod volunteered to be the driver of the ambulance for the marathon trip. Accompanied by a police escort, the ambulance took off from Kannur at 8:30 PM with a paramedical staff on standby.
The number and detail of the ambulance were shared, and people on board were giving out regular location updates on social media and WhatsApp based on which locals cleared the traffic on time as the ambulance approached.
The whole operation went on so smoothly that the ambulance driver Tamim said he just had to stop the vehicle for 15 minutes on the way, only to feed the baby and nowhere in between.
The thousands who were glued to their phones for hours had a sigh of relief when Rinto the paramedical staff onboard sent out the message that the ambulance has reached its destination successfully.
The road trip of more than 500 kilometres, which would have taken at least 14 hours for the ambulance to reach the hospital, was covered in 6 hours and 50 minutes.
Source of news : Indiatimes