Father of heart patient begs Taiwanese drivers to yield for ambulance

Father pleads with Taiwanese motorists to make way for ambulance carrying critically ill son

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/12
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A father of a young man suffering from heart disease on Wednesday (March 11) pleaded with Taiwanese motorists to give way for an ambulance as his son needs urgent treatment.

Unlike in many Western countries where drivers normally pull to the side of the road at the sight and sound of an ambulance, many Taiwanese drivers tend to ignore the muted sirens of such emergency vehicles. On his Facebook page on Wednesday, the father of a teenager suffering from heart disease posted a message pleading with the public to make way for an ambulance.

In his post, the man, surnamed Liao (廖), wrote that his son would be transported by ambulance from the Yunlin Branch of the National Taiwan University Hospital at 9 a.m. on Thursday (March 12) via National freeway 1 to Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Because his son is in critical condition, Liao said he hoped that motorists on that section of the highway would make way for the ambulance so that he can safely arrive at the hospital as soon as possible.

Liao told ETtoday that his son is 16 years old and is in his first year of high school. He said that his son has congenital heart disease and has undergone "countless operations" since childhood.    [FULL  STORY]

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