The Railway's staff was calm in the face of an emergency.
Childbirth is a delicate and intense process. It should occur in perfectly sanitised conditions, in a calm and quiet environment, preferably in a hospital.
However, you can’t predict the unknown, just as 30-year-old Suman Devi and her husband Hari Om found out while travelling on a train to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Suman was on-board the Jan Nayak Express and on her way to Gorakhpur to deliver her child when she began to feel uncomfortable and unexpectedly went into labour at the Sitapur Cantt Station in Uttar Pradesh.
Her husband, who was accompanying her, approached Suresh Yadav, the Station Officer-Government Railway Police of Sitapur, for help. The official immediately called for a doctor and a woman constable and rushed to help.
A coach of the Railway’s Jan Nayak Express was turned into a maternity ward, and the delivery process got underway, with the assistance of a few women passengers. A healthy baby boy was born, and an ambulance was arranged to take the mother and child to Sitapur’s district hospital. It was reported later that both were doing fine.
This is not the first instance of a woman giving birth in a train. Read here, about how Saraswati Singh, a 30-year-old woman from Mumbai, gave birth to a child in a Mumbai local train. Dr Karuna Ahire assisted her, without any medical equipment.
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Well, these one-off instances show that quick thinking on the part of those involved leads to the situation being managed well!