COVID: NRI converts van into ambulance for Covid patients


(Our Bureau, May 17) Meet young NRI Tarun Kappala, who has converted his van into an ambulance to transport Covid patients to the hospital. The car is fitted with an oxygen facility to support those in need. Patients are not just ferried, but helped by Kappala to get admitted in hospitals. Cost of the service: It’s free for all. Kappala, who worked with Deloitte in the US before joining SpringML in Hyderabad, first came up with the idea when his friend was charged ₹34,000 for an ambulance.  “I just go and stand next to an emergency ward to see if someone needs help,” Kappala told The Times of India. He has already made more than a dozen such trips in a week’s time. Narrating a story of how he helped an elderly woman, Kappala says his reward is in being able to be there for those in need. “I became emotional when the elderly woman said God sent his angel so that I could see my husband for the last time,” said Tarun. His friends from an organization called Ethne in the US funded his van.

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