A woman in Telangana delivered a baby by the roadside as she couldn't be shifted to a hospital in Suryapet town on time by her husband on his motorbike due to barricades put abreast of the way due to the continued lockdown.
D. Venkanna, a daily-wage worker, and his wife Reshma live in Annadurainagar, near Suryapet town. When his pregnant wife complained of pain late in the night, he called 108 Ambulance service but was told that the vehicle had gone to another place to pick up a patient.
With no option available, he made her sit on his scooty and left for Suryapet Government General Hospital. Venkanna said once they reached the old bus stand, the road was closed with barricades.
As there have been no policemen posted there, he asked his wife to take a seat on the footpath and rushed to a close-by police headquarters and pleaded with a constable to get rid of the barricade. The cop allegedly told him that he can't move from the assigned place of duty and advised Venkanna to himself remove the barricade.
An anxious Venkanna rushed back to the place to seek out his wife crying with pain.
Even as the person ran around to urge some help to get rid of them, the lady delivered the daughter by the roadside. The incident occurred barely a km faraway from a government hospital in the early hours of Thursday.
Hearing the cries of the lady and her husband's call for help, some area women rushed out of their houses to help her.
After repeated attempts by the locals, an ambulance reached the spot. The medical assistants cut the duct and shifted the mother and the newborn to the hospital. Doctors said both were doing well.