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Haritha John | The News Minute | November 20, 2014 | 11.50 pm IST Their only aim at that point of time was to save the life of a new born child and they were least bothered about traffic rules. Anoop Mathew along with his friend Jeril V Johnson saved a new born's life by driving 600 kilometers, from Mangalore to Thiruvananthapuram in 11 hours on last Saturday, but has been fined by the Kerala traffic police number of times for exceeding the speed limits. “The child was in a critical situation, so we were more concerned about her. Our vehicle had exceeded the speed limit and it was recorded on 10 different cameras placed in different districts by the traffic police. They charged us rupees 400 per camera and we received fine notices of rupees 4000 in total," says Jeril V Johnson who works in Mangalore The 5- day old child, daughter of Shaji and Soorya from Kannur, had been suffering from a congenital Heart Disease and was sinking. She was treated in Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Mangalore; later the concerned doctor had asked them to move immediately to Sree Chithra Medical centre Thiruvananthapuram The family hailed from a poor financial background and they were not able to afford an ambulance for 600 kilometers. Meanwhile a KMC staff P.R Saji informed his friends about the pitiable condition of the family and the group of youngsters decided to help them. Tobin Joseph a business man from Mangalore offered them his Innova car and Soju Augustine who works in a private hospital arranged an oxygen cylinder for the child. Anoop drove the car without halt and covered the distance in 11 hours. Now according to the reports from the hospital, though the child is in ventilator and recovering. “The child is better now. She had undergone a surgery last night and now shows much improvement in her health condition. Since we reached here on time, we could save her” says Aneesh Kumar, Shaji’s relative Now the youngsters are anxious about the traffic fine charges. “There is a chance to get even more fine notices as we had travelled across Kerala. We will not be able to afford a high amount. So we are planning to approach the police and give an explanation. Since it were camera notices and the police may not be aware about our intention for breaking the rules.," says Jeril

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