COVID-19 surge | In Chennai, a happy ending after tense moments
Sandhya Kumar bought a name from a good friend in Dubai two days in the past to assist his sister get a hospital mattress as she was turning into breathless. Ms. Sandhya and her husband have been then coming back from Chengalpattu.
They began making calls as they have been driving again to the City. “We were trying desperately, contacting friends, doctors in the family to find her a bed. Her oxygen saturation level had fallen to 72. Her husband hired an ambulance and took her to two hospitals, but they could not admit her as they were overflowing with patients. They were getting nowhere and they came back home.”
All the networking over the cellphone helped and Ms. Sandhya lastly managed to search out a hospital with mattress after two hours. The subsequent difficulty was getting an ambulance. An ambulance service in Purasaiwalkam agreed to move her for ₹3,500.
The ambulance took her to Government Omandurar Multi Super Speciality Hospital. “But she collapsed even as they were preparing for admission, as her oxygen level fell to 40. She was revived on the corridor. Now we have been told she is out of danger,” says Ms. Sandhya.
An all-day seek for hospital mattress
Iyyavu known as many hospitals to confess his father, a stroke affected person, the entire of Tuesday. But all of them mentioned they’d no beds. Finally a personal medical school in Poonamallee mentioned they’d two beds.
“I called 108 ambulance and he drove us from our house in T. Nagar to the hospital. But when I arrived there, they told me there were no beds with oxygen support. But there were many beds as I went in and checked. I realised they were hesitating as my father was aged. He is 64 years old and his oxygen saturation level was 91.”
Mr. Iyyavu requested the Government Omandurar Multi Speciality Hospital, however there have been no beds there both. He mentioned personal ambulance service suppliers demanded ₹6,000 to move him. Finally an 108 ambulance got here to his support. “As we tried hospital after hospital, my father’s oxygen saturation level fell to 65. The ambulance driver was helpful. He brought us to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, where he waited until the admission process was completed. We had been on road for 8 to 9 hours.”