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Women gives birth in ambulance at 13,000 ft along Rohtang pass

As there was no gynaecologist at the district hospital, Anita was referred to a regional hospital in Kullu around 150 kilometres away. After the delivery, Devi was taken to the regional hospital in Kullu where she was admitted at 3 am on Saturday.

By: Express News Service | Shimla |
Updated: October 1, 2017 5:02:00 am
Rohtang pass, Child birth, 108 ambulance, National Ambulance Service, India News, Himachal, Indian Express Medical technician Man Chand and Ambulance driver Bir Singh conducted the delivery and the woman gave birth to a baby boy. (Express Photo)

A 26-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy boy at a height of 13,050 feet at the Rohtang pass on Friday in an ambulance with minimum medical facilities. Anita Devi, a resident of Ratauli village in Lahaul-Spiti district, was admitted to Udaipur government hospital after experiencing labour pain on Friday. As there was no gynaecologist at the district hospital, Anita was referred to a regional hospital in Kullu around 150 kilometres away.

Mushtaq Ahmad, who was in-charge of the ambulance service in Mandi(Zone), said, “Her condition got complicated while the ambulance was crossing Rohtang at the height of 13,050 ft. Upon examination, it was observed that she had an increased heart rate after which emergency medical technician Man Chand and Ambulance driver Bir Singh swung into action to save the life of the patient and the baby. They conducted the delivery and the woman gave birth to a baby boy at the Rohtang Pass at 11.50 pm.”

After the delivery, Devi was taken to the regional hospital in Kullu where she was admitted at 3 am on Saturday. Mehul Sukumaran, state head of 108 National Ambulance Service said, “It is the second such case when our staff has conducted delivery at the Rohtang Pass despite odd conditions.”

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