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Police pull all the stops to transport baby from Jiangsu to Beijing

By Xu Zhesheng | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-12-09 14:29

A baby girl suffering from premature birth complications was moved to a hospital in Beijing for treatment on Thursday after a journey of more than 700 kilometers from Jiangsu province. The trip was completed in just eight hours thanks to the collaboration and help from traffic police along the way.

Escorted by police vehicles, the ambulance weaved through the evening peak traffic in the capital and arrived at Peking University First Hospital around 5 pm.

Due to premature birth at less than six months of gestation, the girl and her twin brother were both born under critical conditions in January. The boy survived for only four days.

The girl suffers from high blood pressure at lungs and fluid build-up in the brain, and is at risk of complications such as heart failure and breathing difficulties that could endanger her life. She has been treated at several hospitals since her birth and her parents decided to bring her to Beijing for better treatment.

Accompanied by medical staff and her family, the girl embarked on the journey in the morning from Jiangsu's Xuzhou. Traffic police from provinces and cities along the way cooperated to ensure an unobstructed path, relaying escorts, opening green channels on expressway and changing traffic lights to green.

According to the ambulance driver surnamed Zhang, the vehicle almost never stopped along the way apart from refueling, and maintained the highest speed possible while ensuring safety.

"We are extremely grateful for the love shown by relay escort of traffic police from various places, as well as the hospital's preparations," said the girl's father surnamed Pan upon arriving in Beijing.

"Over the past 10 months, kindhearted people have been helping us, and with advanced technology nowadays, I believe my child will definitely get better," Pan said.

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