The town of Contamana, Peru, has a hospital, but it has no emergency equipment. It also has an airstrip, but it doesn't operate a night because there are no lights. But Wednesday night, a woman and her newborn baby needed emergency medical help. So did a teenager with a tropical disease. How could the medevac plane take off in the dark? A plea for help went out over the local radio station.
Their lights blaring in the night, hundreds of taxis lined an unlit airstrip in a jungle region of Peru so an emergency medevac plane with three very sick patients could take off.
All three survived after the 300-odd drivers of motorcycles fashioned into small taxis with compartments for passengers heeded a call Wednesday night from a radio station to race to the 800-meter airstrip in Contamana, in one of Peru's poorest regions, Peruvian media reported Thursday.