Some 300 motorcycle taxi drivers used the lights of their vehicles to light up the Contamana local aerodrome's runway, making it possible for a light aircraft flying three patients to take off. This token of solidarity has prompted positive reactions among Peruvian netizens.
Last Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 6 pm., at the aerodrome of Contamana, a light aircraft was about to take off with three patients that had to be transferred to a hospital in the city of Pucallpa, in the Loretean province of Ucayali.
Hours earlier, a 31-year-old female patient arrived to a medical center in Contamana to deliver her baby. Some complications arose two hours after delivery and the mother and her newborn baby had to be transported to a better equipped hospital. Almost at the same time, a 17-year-old male patient arrived to a health center with symptoms of leptospirosis. The three patients required urgent medical attention, so doctors ordered their immediate transfer to Pucallpa.
By that time, all operations at the Contamana aerodrome and at the Pucallpa airport were closed for the day. The doctors and personnel from the Contama aerodrome, however, managed to arrange the flight and got the authorization to land in the Pucallpa airport.
But things were not completely solved yet, as the Contamana aerodrome's runway doesn't have lighting.
A local radio station made an appeal [es] and asked motorcycle and motorcycle taxi drivers to go to the aerodrome to light up the 800-meter long landing strip. Just a few minutes later, 300 motorcycles and motorcycle taxis arrived at the aerodrome and managed to perfectly light up the whole strip. The aircraft took off to applause from the bystanders.
Reactions on Twitter appeared a little later, and soon users started tweeting with the hashtag #Contamana [es] to voice their sentiments.
Juancho (@juanchong) [es] summed it up with three words:
@juanchong: What a beautiful story*.* #solidaridad [solidarity] #peru #esmiperu [this is my Peru]
#contamana #loreto http://diariolaregion.com/web/2013/04/03/300-motocarristas-iluminan-aerodromo-de-contamana/ …
User Luciana (@LucianaRArmijo) [es] talked about her optimism:
Meanwhile, Manuel Cisneros (@efimero_MC) [es] broke the news briefly:
And then he added:
Lastly, Nidia Sánchez (@nidiasanchezg) [es] saw the news from a more realistic stance:
Netizens also shared some reactions to the story on Facebook [es].
Update (5 April, 2013): Unfortunately, local media reported on Friday, April 5, that the 17-year old male leptospirosis patient has passed away.