Life can be a little trickier in the remote villages of Peru. When doctors recently needed to fly a mother, her newborn child and a teenager all in need of emergency medical care from Contamana to a hospital in the middle of the night, the situation looked dire. The local airstrip that serves as the community's lifeline to the outside world has no lighting, and without the ability to see, the pilot had no way to get the plane off the ground safely. That's when a local radio station put out a call for help.

Nearly 300 vehicles showed up with their headlights blazing to light the way, allowing the plane to take off and the patients to get the medical attention they needed. The community wrangled up cars, motorcycles and rickshaws to give the aircraft a clear view of the runway in just 30 minutes. You can watch a quick BBC news report of this heartwarming display of humanity in the video below for yourself.



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      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Faith in humanity restored. Always good to hear about great things happening not just the all the terrible stories everday.
        churrotomtom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        It is definitely a great thing to see, however don't think that this is rare. There are far more acts of kindness that happen every day. It's just not newsworthy and that's sad.
      ikarLaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a wonderful caring and selfless community.
      Riley C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's good to know people are out there who do care about one another.
      futuramautoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome!
      joe23521
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you for posting this. Really did make my day.
      thailion
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worked a few years back on a surgical mission in Ayacucho, Peru. Almost as isolated, but in the mountains instead of the rainforest. Having each others back is the only way these people make it through in places as resource-poor as these. It caught me off-guard, as a North American. Everyone was so happy to be helpful, but even more so tremendously grateful to be helped. Nothing was taken for granted.
        bleexeo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thailion
        It would be nice to see that in America. Things are so polarized now that we've lost the ability to work together to make things better for all. Sad.
      spinftwin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm impressed by the people who showed up, but even morr so by whoever thought of and coordinated this solution. There is way more ingenuity in the 3rd world than most of us realize...
      gtv4rudy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now this is what you call a tight knit community.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Touching story.
      dlcox56
      • 1 Year Ago
      Once in awhile a story like this makes you think all is not lost to evil in the world.
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      God bless the Human Race. There is still goodness in the world despite all the conflicts, murderers and greedy, lying, racist republicans.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        Why politics on such great news? This is video makes my day.
        Taint
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        I apologize for bringing politics to autoblog. Its just frustrating that republicans are the party of no. Anti Gay, anti immigration, anti regulation, anti women, anti minority. I'll leave it at that.
          Curtis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Taint
          You can't apologize for something and then turn about face only to make the same bloated comment again. Go somewhere else, and let the rest of us human beings enjoy this delightful article w/ video.
        Carbon Fibre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        So democrats are heavenly angels? Wtf is your point?
      tonial.sands
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would have taken a week to happen in the US. How sad...
        Neez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tonial.sands
        No, even if you did manage to get people to come out, the FAA wouldn't let them take off the ground due to safety concerns.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tonial.sands
        No, in the US we would have prepared the airfield to be safe to use at night, and had medical services available virtually everywhere. First world country win.
          Baldev
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          You wish Ducman69, as a first world country it will fail because it does not reward nor care for human ingenuity. It cares only in so far as rules are obeyed and laws however meaningless are followed. All those who had arrived would have been ticketed and the pilot banned. The women and those seeking medical treatment would have had to wait a few hours till sunrise to take off. First world fail.
          Shiftright
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          It's all good until the power goes out. Then we're all third world....
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