Can potholes actually save lives?

by IndianAuto Team | 23/04/2019
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While we consider potholes to be a motorist's worst enemy, a heart patient in North America actually got a chance to live again because of them

As a motorist driving in Indian road conditions, we’re tuned to deal with all sorts of quirky and annoying foibles. One of the biggest hindrances we have to face, is the inevitable pothole at every corner. While the blame game on who’s responsible blares on, the fact of the matter is that they are there and we have to deal with them. But are they really all that bad?

Pothole saves lives

Indian roads are famous for potholes that are large enough to swallow an entire two-wheeler or two!

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An unsuspecting victim of rapid heartbeat acceleration in US Midwestern state of Nebraska would wholeheartedly disagree. On the way to the hospital, the driver of the ambulance that his family had called, drove over a large pothole, sending a heavy jolt into the ambulance’s cabin and to the patient as well. Surprisingly, instead of causing him more dismay, the jolt that occurred in the ambulance’s cabin brought his heart rate down from 200 bpm to a healthy, steady pace. Yes, it brought his heart rate down to normal. A doctor told ABC7NY, the outlet that first reported the news, “One way to treat that is with an electrical shock. Classically, you’ll see it on television. The paddles... Clear... And a big jolt. Turns out, you can do that with a pothole.” While this may be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, it does grey the field of ethical medical practices. One that we may, as motoring enthusiasts, should put into full effect.

This is a revolutionary find and one that makes us ask ourselves. Why aren’t we as a country, at a brink of zero heart casualties in the medical field? Are our speeds not high enough? Or are our potholes not large enough? Maybe we need a pothole facility with long straights full of yawning jaws of motoring death and driving over them at full pelt, V8-powered super ambulances. The patients and their respectively assigned ambulance take their place at one end of the runway and by the end, if the patient hasn’t improved, then it’s time to seek professional help. While this may sound a bit far-fetched, so does fixing a racing heart by driving over a pothole but it did happen.

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