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May 4, 2015

Ambulance Woes Plague Critically Injured Minor

Gurly Bahadur

911 was immediately called by Thomas Polanco, who thought of nothing else, but to get his son to the Southern Regional Hospital to save his life. But there was no response and the family had to rush six year old Travis to the hospital in a private vehicle. But with the clock ticking and a string of unfortunate events, it took four hours to get the young boy to the K.H.M.H. for urgent medical treatment. His mother, Gurly Bahadur, says that the ambulance broke down while en route from Dangriga to Belmopan and then the back-up was out of gas.


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“Brought here with a lot of bad luck, you can say. Coming from Dangriga, reaching mile sixteen, Steadfast Village, the ambulance broke down, alternator problem. Wait like half an hour to forty-five minutes; they said the next ambulance will come. The next ambulance didn’t come, but a backup came. While the backup came, heading to Belmopan, the driver said he will leave us at Belmopan because he doesn’t have enough gas to reach Belize. When we reach Belmopan waiting for the ambulance, dehn said they have no ambulance. So we had to wait. They called BERT Ambulance and that is when we came up in the BERT Ambulance.”


Duane Moody

“What time did you guys reach here?”


Gurly Bahadur

“…Minutes to ten.”


Duane Moody

“What did this incident happen?”


Gurly Bahadur

“Five o’clock in the evening; ten to five, ten after five that happen.”

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