It’s true what they say – there truly is something special about the spirit of Mumbai and its residents. And it was something that 22-year-old Sultana Khatun found out for herself when the train she was on was halted for a good half hour to help her deliver a baby!
Sultana had boarded the train at night to head to a hospital because she was experiencing abdominal pain. However, her contractions became severe and she realised that she would not be able to make it to the hospital and might have to deliver her baby right then and there. Her husband, Irshad Muhammad, solicited help from their fellow passengers who immediately showed up to help.
Among his co-passengers was also Constable Nirmala Khudchi, who is part of the Railway Protection Force (RPF). She pulled the chain as soon as the train pulled in to the nearest railway station (Dadar).
The passengers also reached out to RPF personnel who in turn alerted doctors in the emergency room.
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Speaking to Mid Day, Irshad recounts the experience, noting, “My wife was due on March 5 but went into labour on Wednesday afternoon. When we reached Thane, the pain started getting worse and by the time we had reached Dadar, it was unbearable. I asked some women commuters for help and an on-duty police officer pulled the chain to stop the train.”
Thanks to the quick thinking of everyone involved, the young couple was transported by the RPF personnel from Dadar station to a hospital with a healthy baby girl in tow.
In all the excitement, the new father actually forgot his own mother in the station! But there is no cause for worry; he went back and picked her up too.