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Indian Army Assists in Air Evacuation of a Lady in Family Way

Indian Army Assists in Air Evacuation of a Lady in Family Way

Indian Army stepped up to assist the civil administration to evacuate a pregnant lady in a critical condition on Saturday.

Mrs Nusrat Begum, a resident of Chitrakoot was admitted at SDH Karnah as she developed labour pain with placenta previa on Saturday evening at 2200 hrs. As result of incessant snow fall from last 7 days, the only axis leading to better medical facilities at Srinagar via NH 701 was cut off. Despite the efforts of specialists at SDH, Karnah, the threat to life of mother and unborn child could not be mitigated due to limited medical facilities available.

As soon as the civil administration requested for assistance, Indian Army promptly responded to the call and a number of Jawans willingly came forward to donate blood to save the patient's life. Two units of blood were donated immediately to the ailing patient. Simultaneously, an immediate requisition for evacuation by helicopter was raised to the higher headquarters. Army doctor from Tangdhar was immediately mobilised to assist the medical specialists at SDH Karnah. The helipad was cleared of snow in a short period of time using JCBs so as to ensure early air evacuation. All efforts were made to evacuate the patient immediately but due to weather restrictions, the rescue operation could not be undertaken till morning of Sunday, January 15th. As a result of joint efforts of Indian Army and Indian Air force, Mrs Nusrat Begum and another 10 month old infant were successfully air evacuated till Srinagar at 1025hrs on Sunday.

Swift and timely action by the Army has resulted in saving of precious lives and has strengthened the bond, mutual trust and faith of local population with Indian Army.