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India unrest forces doctors to smuggle transplant patient

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India unrest forces doctorsBANGALORE: Doctors in India smuggled a desperately ill patient across state borders under cover of darkness to receive a liver transplant after police said violent protests would make a journey by ambulance too dangerous.

Police halted traffic between the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka after protesters angered by water shortages began rioting and torching vehicles.

The move forced doctors at a Karnataka hospital to come up with an alternative plan after a liver for transplant became available for their patient at a hospital in Tamil Nadu.

Arikichenin Olithselvan, a doctor at the Manipal Hospital in Karnataka, said they had to ditch their ambulance and wheel the 55-year-old man across the border before finding a local ambulance to ferry him on to the hospital where the operation would take place.

“We had to take out the patient from ambulance and put him on a wheel chair,” he told AFP on Friday.

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