The polling station at St. George Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School on Poonamallee High Road witnessed what a determined mind could do. Sixty-five-year-old A. Saraswathi, a resident of T.P. Chathiram, was wheeled in straight from a private hospital in an ambulance – all to cast her precious vote.
The entry of the ambulance and the sight of a patient being wheeled in with the IV drips intact left voters flabbergasted. Ms. Saraswathi was assisted by an ambulance technician and a staff nurse, who carried the saline bottle.
A diabetic, Ms. Saraswathi was admitted to Billroth Hospitals, Shenoy Nagar on Wednesday night after her sugar levels shot up.
Even as she lay on the hospital bed, she was resolute about voting, said A. Perumal, her son. “She kept asking us if she could vote. While we were wondering if this was possible, the hospital management enquired if any patient desired to vote and offered to make necessary arrangements,” he added.
“She has regularly voted in previous elections and was keen not to miss this time,” he said. Thus, accompanied by her cousin sister, Ms. Saraswathi was taken to the polling station.