When 26-year-old Salma Shaikh boarded the Mumbai local from Kalyan to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, little did she know, this was going to be the most unusual ride of her life.
Salma Shaikh gave birth to a healthy baby girl inside the ladies coach on Monday night stationed at platform number 3 of Dadar station.
The fast local had just reached the vicinity of Dadar when Salma went into labour. She went into a panic and had to be calmed down by her fellow passengers in the ladies coach.
Using quick presence of mind, they informed the railway police. The officials rushed to the compartment with a doctor and support staff from the ‘One Rupee Clinic’ set up on Dadar station to help the woman in labour.
Dr Prajwaleet Kambli, who examined Salma, realised the baby had already started crowning and there was no way they would be able to get Salma to the nearest hospital safely, given the short time period.
He decided to perform the delivery inside the ladies compartment with the help of another female GRP officer, Constable Nita Majhi, Nurse Sanjeevani Padwal and others.
The baby was born at 10:17 pm and Salma was shifted to KEM hospital, where both are stable now.
Speaking to NDTV, Nurse Sanjeevani Padwal said, “ I have never seen anything of this sort. We thought we would just help her get to the platform so that she can be taken to the hospital in an ambulance, but by then it was too late.”
We salute the alert co-passengers, railway officials and the ‘One Rupee Clinic’ personnel for their display of courage and professionalism.
This is yet another achievement for the Central Railways’ move of setting up ‘One Rupee Clinics’ to make immediate and affordable medical assistance, available to passengers across many stations in the city.
While these clinics charge Re 1 for consultation, blood pressure checkups are done free of cost and the costs for other tests are also affordable.
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