A phone call did it all. The Kerala Government offered to bear all the expenses for treatment of the 15-day-old baby from Mangaluru. The child who was bound to be taken in an ambulance to Thiruvananthapuram was moved to Amrita hospital in Ernakulam. The ambulance with the infant of Sania and Mithah from Kasaragod started from Mangaluru at 11 am. It was originally bound for Sree Chithira hospital in Thiruvananthapuram and reached Amrita hospital at 4.40 pm, and traversing over 400 km.
The State Government at the intervention of Child Protect Team, the NGO coordinating the child's transfer, ordered treatment of the child at Amrita hospital and Health Minister KK Shylaja told the relatives would bear the entire treatment expenses.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja also announced that the government will bear all expenses of the treatment. The travel of the infant in the ambulance across 400 km was shown live on Facebook.
A team of doctors at Amrita Hospital, which included Dr Brijesh and Dr Krishnakumar, are attending to the infant who has a heart problem.
Doctors at the Mangaluru hospital, where the child was undergoing treatment, discouraged an overnight journey as also airlifting as it was risky. As the family would get the best treatment at affordable rates at a government hospital, it was decided to shift the infant to Thiruvananthapuram.
The Government gesture to provide treatment free of cost under its Hridayam initiative to support children with congenital heart disease has come in for praise.