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Updated: June 11, 2013 03:09 IST

A trek that saved his wife

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Ayyappan and his wife Sudha at the Kottayam Medical College. Photo: Special Arrangement
Ayyappan and his wife Sudha at the Kottayam Medical College. Photo: Special Arrangement

Tribal in Kerala forest carries pregnant wife on his back

The loving and valiant deed of a husband who carried on his back for miles on end his pregnant wife all the way from the hilly tribal interior to the nearest town, and reached a hospital late at night, was being widely hailed on Monday in Kerala.

But Ayyappan succeeded only partially as the doctors found the six-month-old foetus lifeless.

“He might have failed to save his child, but he could save his wife,” Kunjamma Roy, Head of the Department of Gynaecology at the Kottayam Government Medical College Hospital, said on Monday.

Ayyappan, a tribal living deep in the Konni forests in Pathanamthitta district, married Sudha more than eight months ago.

“We were living with Sudha’s father and two sisters,” he said. His relatives lived some distance away in the forest.

When Sudha became pregnant, there was no doctor anywhere around whom they could consult. Recently she developed fever and we met a homoeo doctor,” Ayyappan said.

Developed swelling and convulsions

“Last week her body developed swelling, and she developed convulsions. I had no other way but to carry her to Kokkathode, a town nearby. It was a day’s walk away. We started early in the morning when it was raining heavily, but I was more concerned about wild elephants. We reached Kokkathode in the evening, and a kind man took us to Konni in his vehicle. From there we went to the Pathanamthitta District Hospital in a jeep,” the sturdy young man said.

But Sudha was referred to the Kottayam hospital and the couple arrived there early on Wednesday.

“The patient was six months pregnant and had high blood pressure. Such cases can result in convulsions and her kidneys were affected,” said Dr. Roy.

Condition improving

A scan showed that the child was lifeless. Yet, she had a normal delivery, said Dr. Roy. According to doctors, Sudha’s condition is now improving.

No money

The couple had no money with them when they arrived here.

They were taken care in Kottayam by a non-governmental organisation functioning at the Medical College Hospital.

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Sad that baby was born dead.I am feeling sad for mother.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 22:24 IST

It is a heart touching incident but sadly our Govt. will not going to
pay any heed to it until one day Ayppam will have enough of it and will
raise guns against inefficient govt.

from:  Shekhar Bhardwaj
Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 at 20:58 IST

Very inspiring. A real man.

from:  Vinod
Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 at 15:44 IST

So touching story... Love, care, affection, mindfullness... wow

from:  Prabhat
Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 at 15:37 IST

May such valiant and good deeds be filled up in our newspapers. This is the need of the hour.

from:  Rajkumar
Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 at 12:16 IST

This is the kind of Husband's dedication to his Wife which the modern girls should look for while choosing their life partner. In this incident, Money had no value but his strong will-power to cover 40km carrying his wife of at least 40kg weight in the life-threatening environment and passerby's Human-touch mattered. Long Live the Couples with many kids.

from:  Punniya
Posted on: Jun 11, 2013 at 11:10 IST
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