When a three-month-old child fell ill while travelling by a train, railway authorities took every possible step to ensure that she receives adequate medical assistance.
Mamta, a resident of Madhepura district in Bihar, was travelling with her sister Sulekha, and three-month-old daughter. They had boarded the Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express from Khadagiya station and were travelling to New Delhi in a general coach.
The child fell ill soon after the train reached Kanpur Central railway station. She was suffering from severe cold, and had breathing problem.
Other passengers in the coach informed the TTE about her condition. He passed on the information to the control room and shifted the family to a more comfortable berth in a sleeper coach. The train was headed towards Etawah station when senior railway officials and control room authorities informed the train staff that medical assistance will be provided at the next station. And soon, a doctor and his attendant boarded the train at Etawah station.
“She was suffering from cold and had breathing problem. There was nothing that they could do to control it. Other passengers and a TTE on duty tried to help but her condition started deteriorating. Later, as per her mother, the child started sinking. It was then the passengers again alerted TTE, who in turn further informed his seniors and control room,” station master R.K. Goyal told The Times of India.
According to Dr. Mohd Rafi Ahmed, the child was almost on the verge of collapsing, but they gave her medicines immediately after the preliminary check-up. And the train was allowed to proceed only when she showed signs of recovery after about half an hour.