A 65-year-old man from a village in Tamil Nadu pedaled around 140 km on his bicycle to reach a hospital in Puducherry for his wife’s chemotherapy session due to the nation-wide lockdown. The couple started at around 4.45 am and reached JIPMER Hospital, Puducherry at about 10.15 pm. The couple was sent back to their home the next day in an ambulance.
While several people have been debating about the challenges they have been facing over the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a 65-year-old man who made the brave move of taking his ill wife to a hospital located 140 km away at Puducherry in his bicycle for her chemotherapy session.
The man, recognized as 65-year-old Arivazhagan, is a daily wage worker, belongs to a small village in Tamilnadu. He took his wife from his village near Kumbakonam to the JIPMER hospital in Puducherry in his bicycle. The journey took around 17 hours, whereby the couple stopped for tea in the afternoon and took a two-hour rest near a pond. Arivazhagan also tied her body to his wife using a towel to keep her from falling off the cycle.
Although the Out-Patient Department (OPD) and the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) of the hospital being closed at that time the doctors determined to make an omission and treat Arivazhagan’s wife upon hearing their request. The couple stayed in the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) hospital in Puducherry for the night and were taken back to their village near Kumbakonam in an ambulance the next morning.
Arivazhagan stated to a news agency that they gave my wife the necessary medication and shared money together and gave me that. They also gave medicines for 1 month and paid about Rs 6,300 for Ambulance to drop us back to our village near Kumbakonam. The doctor also told me that an ambulance could be called anytime to bring Manjula, his wife to the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research for treatment.