Taiwan’s highway patrol clears the way for desperately ill baby to reach hospital sooner

The distance between the two hospitals is 175, and the trip took 165 minutes, which is about half an hour to one hour sooner than it usually takes

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/12/27
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo courtesy of the National Highway Police) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwan’s National Highway Police unit on Thursday helped rush a desperately ill infant from Hualien to National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital in Taipei by clearing the way for the ambulance carrying the baby, according to a Central News Agency report.

A mother said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that her one-month-old baby was having an emergency medical situation that required her to transfer from Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital to NTU Hospital, a trip which would take an estimated three hours, the report said. She said her baby would be kept in an incubator with life support during the journey, pleading road users to let them pass during the journey, which encompasses traveling on the narrow and winding Suhua Highway.

According to an Apple Daily report, the infant’s grandmother said the infant was born four months premature and weighed only 860 grams. However, the baby’s stomach continued to bulge, and bowel necrosis was suspected, the grandmother added.

Therefore, a private ambulance was arranged to transport the infant from the Hualien hospital to NTU Hospital on Thursday.    [FULL  STORY]

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