Online plea gets police to escort sick baby in China

Online plea gets police to escort sick baby in China

Cyber power

Modern communication technology proved a possible life-saver when an online appeal prompted police to escort an ambulance carrying a sick baby in China.

The four-month-old boy took ill due to meningitis and was rushed from Ningbo to Shanghai under police escort after a parents’ friend sought help through a microblog site, the Shanghai Daily said here.

The appeal caught the attention of the people and the police. The police in Zhejiang province and Shanghai sent squad cars to lead the ambulance and the parents’ car and updated information through Weibo.com. They called for cooperation from vehicles on the route. The ambulance had to travel a distance of 220 km between Ningbo city and Shanghai.

Doctors said the speedy transportation was important to save the boy’s life.

The baby’s father Hu Xi said that after doctors in Ningbo expressed their inability to treat his son, they decided to rush to Shanghai.

“I am so grateful to the police and all the residents in Shanghai who gave way to the ambulance...,” Hu said.

The police help came after a microblog post that triggered fast action. It said the baby was in a coma and had been diagnosed with meningitis the previous day.



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