Alappuzha: A pregnant woman was brought back to her native place in Kerala from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh in an ambulance during the COVID-19 lockdown. It took 52 hours to cover the distance of more than 3,000km.
Vrinda, who was accompanied by her husband Vishnu, started from Delhi around 11am on Monday. The couple reached Haripad taluk hospital in Alappuzha by 2.30pm on Wednesday. They decided to take up the journey after the doctor instructed Vrinda to take complete bed rest.
Both of them are under observation, as per the health department's instructions.
A native of Pallana in the district, U Vishnu and wife Vrinda are call centre employees in Delhi. The pregnancy was confirmed about a month ago. Vishnu, who stepped out to get medicines and food during the lockdown, also suffered police assault.
When they were looking for ways to return home, the hospital authorities informed them that they would provide ambulance and medical assistance for the journey.
But the couple struggled to come with the Rs 1.2 lakh needed to fund the journey.
Vishnu's father Unni, a fisherman, and his mother Shobha, a MGNREGS worker, along with the help of some relatives sent them some money.
Also, Karthikappally block Congress president S Vinod Kumar took up the issue with Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and arranged for the remaining money.
When the police stopped the ambulance at the Walayar check-post along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and asked them to return, the opposition leader once again intervened and ensured a safe passage for the couple into the state.