Thanks to the intervention of the Prime Minister's Office, an 8-year-old infant from Assam got a chance at life. The little girl suffering from a medical condition affecting her lungs was airlifted to a hospital in Delhi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on Saturday evening.
The child was shifted to Gangaram Hospital in Delhi after the PMO along with the Delhi police ensured a traffic-free passage in the nick of time. The infant is now making good progress and is on her way to recovery. Parents of the child said that she was diagnosed with Meconium aspiration syndrome, a condition when first stool of the baby enters the lungs. The condition leads to low oxygen and poor ventilatory effort and the pressure on the new-born baby's lungs remains high.
"We sought help from influential people from the northeast to help us but none came forward. The prime minister is like God for us today. We did not know what would happen to our child," the baby's parents told media persons after she was admitted to a hospital in Delhi.
In Delhi, the child was diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension. The doctors at the hospital in Assam had arranged for an air ambulance to shift the child which was scheduled to land at Delhi airport by 7 pm, peak hour for traffic. The Delhi police ensured a green corridor for the passage.
"Our reception at the airport was beyond our imagination. The Delhi police were extremely cordial and professional," the baby's mother said. Kalita Dhrubajyoti, the child's father works in a Central government enterprise in Dibrugarh and the mother, Himakshi Saharia is a primary school teacher.