Infant dies in Idukki as wild elephants block road to hospital

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Idukki: An infant, who was suffering from fever, died at Adimali as his father was unable to take the boy to hospital because of wild elephants. The 22-day-old baby, son of Ravi and Vimala, was suffering from pneumonia. The infant had fever for three days and by Friday evening, his fever increased.

Ravi tried to take the infant to the hospital from their colony, but when he reached the Kulamankuzhi Adivasi colony, a herd of wild elephants blocked way. The area is covered by forest on both sides and that was the only path to the Kochi-Madurai national highway.

Ravi waited for a long time for the wild elephants to move away. The infant’s fever increased with the cold weather. He was then taken back home.

The boy was taken to the Adimali Taluk hospital on Saturday morning. The boy died by this time.

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