South Woodford mother slapped with parking ticket after fearing baby was having seizure

10:43 12 February 2014

Ambika Gupta with baby Anaiya. Picture: Ravindra Gupta

Ambika Gupta with baby Anaiya. Picture: Ravindra Gupta


A doctor from South Woodford was hit with a parking ticket despite only leaving her car on a single yellow line because she thought her baby was having a seizure.

Dr Ambika Gupta, 34, of Derby Road, received a call from Kids Inc nursery in South Woodford to say her 10-month-old baby Anaiya was unwell with a temperature exceeding 40 degrees and was described as acting lethargic.

The mother panicked and rushed there straight away as her baby had previously been tested for epilepsy at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The car park was full so she parked on a single yellow line leaving on her hazard lights but within a minute she was hit with a ticket, according to her husband Ravi, 38.

He has now accused Redbridge Council of inhumane treatment as it has refused to revoke the ticket.

He said: “We are both doctors and we know how serious this can be.”

The couple appealed in writing but they received a “blanket response” telling them they must follow the official appeals procedure, Mr Gupta said.

He added: “It’s let’s see how much money we can get out of these people. It’s not the way the authorities should be treating you as individuals.

“We have to go through the official appeals procedure but it’s stress after stress.”

A council spokesman said that it had not been provided with satisfactory evidence that a medical emergency took place and that the council is happy to cancel the ticket if sufficient evidence is provided.

However, the frustrated father said: “We haven’t been asked for evidence and we have a statement from the nursery to back it up.

“It’s absolute backtracking, if they wanted evidence they could’ve asked for it.”

“The nursery sent us a letter saying we did the right thing as it could’ve been serious.”

Although the baby was ill for a week with a viral infection, fortunately it cleared up.


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