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Peru: 300 mototaxis light up airport during medical emergency

By Manuel Vigo

Residents of a town in the region of Loreto had to look for an innovative solution, when three patients needed to be flown to Pucallpa after the local airport’s normal operating hours.

Peru: 300 mototaxis light up airport during medical emergency

(Photo: El Comercio)

Residents of a town in the region of Loreto had to look for an innovative solution, when three patients needed to be flown to Pucallpa after the local airport’s normal operating hours.


According to El Comercio, on Tuesday night some 300 mototaxi drivers in Contamana arrived at the town’s local airport to illuminate the runway with their lights, so that three seriously ill patients — including a mother and her newborn child — could be flown to a hospital in Pucallpa.


Earlier in the day, Melita Murrieta Valle, 31, had given birth at the Contamana hospital. Valle saw some complications during childbirth, and mother and child were at risk.


Meanwhile, another patient, Samuel Tamani, 17, was also suffering from health complications and had symptoms of leptospirosis, the daily said.


Aircraft pilot Otto France Martinez offered to fly the three patients to Pucallpa. All that was needed was for the runway to be lit. Radio Feroz, a local radio station, put out a call, asking mototaxi drivers to help, and drew hundreds of volunteers to the airfield.


According to Peru21, Martinez, the three patients, and two paramedics, managed to take off without any major problems.