The five-month-old child of a Tainan resident surnamed Kuo suddenly spiked a fever and twitching after previously testing positive for COVID. With the police escort, he was able to reach the hospital in five minutes.
A police car is parked by the curb. Suddenly, a man runs towards the police car. This man, surnamed Kuo, was driving his five-month-old son to a hospital after the baby suddenly spiked a fever. It happened to be rush hour, and he was frantic. At that moment, he saw a police car and immediately went over to ask for assistance.
Li Chung-hsien, Deputy Captain, 2nd Precinct, Tainan City PD: “It was rush hour and it was raining. There were many cars on the roads, making it difficult to drive quickly. The police officers saw that the infant was in critical condition, immediately reported this, and turned on the car's lights and siren. The resident's vehicle was escorted to the hospital.”
This incident occurred on the evening of June 8. The police immediately offered help when asked, shortening the travel time to Chi Mei Medical Center from 20 minutes to five minutes. Kuo's two sons had previously tested positive, and he was taking care of them at home. The younger one spiked a fever and became insensible, and showed symptoms like muscle twitching. Kuo decided to drive him to a hospital. He was very grateful for the help he received from the police.
Mr. Kuo: “I saw them parked by the roadside. It looked like they were on duty because the car's lights were on. Although it might have exceeded their duties somewhat, I still parked my car and ran over to talk to them. When we got there, they told me to take the child to the emergency room, and to give them a call later to fill them in.”
The child is in stable condition after receiving treatment. Tainan's Public Health Bureau says that for emergency situations, parents can first call 119. If the situation is critical and they need to go to a hospital on their own, they should first inform the health bureau and the health bureau will guide them to a hospital with pediatric outpatient services or available beds for children. This will save time and ensure it won't be a wild-goose chase.