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Man carries pregnant wife 25 miles to get her to hospital

By Mason White 10:15 AM June 12, 2013
Ayyappan and Sudha at the hospital 

By: Debbie Gross
A family was stuck in heavy rain in the woods when the woman went into labor.
The couple, who live in the Konni forests in India, started walking to the hospital, but the rain made it hard for the woman to walk.

In an effort to save his pregnant wife and unborn child, the man walked about 25 miles in the woods in heavy rain while carrying the sick woman on his shoulders in order to get her to the hospital, but the baby could not be saved.

The husband, Ayyappan, a tribal man who lives deep in the Konni forests in Pathanamthitta district, married Sudha about eight months ago. They are living with Sudha’s father and two sisters in the woods. Ayyappan makes a living by selling honey and other products, which are made in the forest. When his wife went into labor prematurely, Ayyappan took his seven month pregnant wife, Sudha, to Konni Forest Hospital Tuesday in heavy rain.

On the way, his wife became too sick to walk so he picked her up and held her on his shoulders until he reached the town of Kokkathod, which is about 25 miles from the forest where he was living. From there, he asked someone to rush his wife to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital where doctors treated her for seizures. Sadly, the doctors were unable to save their baby.

“The woman’s life had been saved because she was carried all the way. Doctors induced labor to try to save her baby, but the baby could not be saved, ” Dr. Kunjamma Roy, director of the Department of Gynecology of Kottayam Medical College Hospital said.

Sudha is said to be in stable condition and is recovering at the hospital.